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Re: Packaging of mailinglist archives

Jan Kesten <debian-lists@the-hidden-realm.de> writes:

> Hi,
> at first thanks Magnus and Frank for the hint to find a documentaion
> only package to look at. Finally I managed to get working packages, that
> install mbox-archives of mailinglists under /usr/share/doc/mailinglists
> (by the way: is this the right list for questions like this? If not just
> tell me which one is better :-)
> But some questions still remain (indeed I haven't read all new
> maintainer and policy doc yet, but quite a bit already):
> By now each package installs his files in
> /usr/share/doc/mailinglists/<listname>/<yyyymm>.mbox

Why under doc? Compare with


Not all mailinglists would be documentary in nature.

> using a 'install' statement in debian/rules.
> I've done this because this builds some archive like structure beneath
> /usr/share/doc/mailinglists to work with instead of having one directory
> per month and list :-)
> Apart form this file, it installs some copyright notice as the package
> did where I looked at and like it is described in the policy manual that
> every package needs to have one and it's changelog.
> So, what copyright to use for a mailinglist archive? And is there any
> other comment about the way I'm doing these package(s)?
> Any comment is greatly welcome :-)
> Cheers,
> Jan
> PS: I could put my test project on some webserver if someone would like
> to look at it..

Do you have a reader interface for the mbox files? Maybe the scripts
from lists.debian.org so one can browse the MLs via a webbrowser and
apache. A search function and maybe search-in-thread would be nice.

No everyone might want to import the mbox files into their mail


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