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If you have a collection of mailing list archives from Mailman (example here) is there a good way to make them searchable from a web-based interface?

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i've used htdig for this task with several different mailing list programs - majordomo, ecartis, and mailman.

htdig can be used with Mailman's own pipermail, but i find the combination of mhonarc (to create a nice browsable archive - IMO far better/more flexible than pipermail) and htdig to be particularly good.

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Make it public, and then just let google index them. You can even make a google custom search that will search just your website.

Google do search quite well, and it's completly headache free.

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I only want to search the mailing list archives. –  Dana Robinson Aug 6 '09 at 16:34
    
And those archives ARE public and google doesn't appear to index them. A search using keywords from an email that I would think would be unambiguous turns up nothing. –  Dana Robinson Aug 6 '09 at 16:35
    
Use a custom google search if you want to only search your mailing list. If it's not picking it up, check your robots.txt. Try setting up a custom google search and see what it says to check that google is indexing it. –  Rory Aug 6 '09 at 16:53

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