Re: [Tools-discuss] Include mail archive permalinks in mailing list messages

Henrik Levkowetz <henrik@levkowetz.com> Wed, 26 June 2013 18:45 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Tools-discuss] Include mail archive permalinks in mailing list messages
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On 2013-06-26 19:09 Bjoern Hoehrmann said the following:
> * Carsten Bormann wrote:
>>Right now, when I dig out an old message out of my mail reader and I 
>>want to point other people to it, I need to google the contents to find 
>>it in the IETF mail archive in order to obtain the permalink.
>>This is tedious, and worse, it leads to people not referencing old 
>>discussions as much as would be healthy.
>>
>>Why doesn't each message carry its own permalink at the time I get it?
> 
> http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6778 actually calls for that. All that is
> needed would be a Message-Id => archive-address database and a script
> that adds something like `Archived-At: http://mid.ietf.org/...` to out-
> going mails.
<< snip slow mail arcive details>>

And this has been the intention all along.  The URLs at which any given
email will be available at in the new email archive can be predictably
calculated from the original email, so that it will be feasible to
insert an Archived-At: header field as the message passes through postfix/
mailman.

Best regards,

	Henrik