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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-03-18 21:00:53

At 08:31 PM 3/18/2002, Carl Daniel wrote:

>The archive is still a bit confused. Try again tomorrow - I'm uploading
>file with messages up through 27136 right now. In
>the current archive the threads are messed up, and the messages are
>in an odd order.

A little background - YahooGroups doesn't have a function to export an
archive in bulk. Carl had to write a script to view each message one at a
time. He then had to write a script to convert from HTML to mbox
formats. Since the messages date partially from the time when they were
eGroups messages (before Yahoo groups bought eGroups), he had to cope with
format changes in mid-stream.

Then the messages go (via SourceForge) to Brian Barrett at IU, who has to
process them into the actual archive, and that has its own set of issues.

I've probably got some of the details wrong, but the point is that this
isn't the simplest process in the world, and it is going to take one or two
more iterations before we are completely satisfied.

It is great news that they have been able to accomplish the transfer; those
old Boost messages are important to our history.

Once the content is transferred, we can work on some of the other issues
like making sure the search capability suites our needs.


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