[Chimera-users] Searching chimera-users archive

Tom Goddard goddard at sonic.net
Tue Mar 8 11:37:44 PST 2011

Hi Conrad,

   Searching the Chimera mail archives from the Chimera documentation 
web page does not work at all well.


I tried searching for "Beale" and it produced no results.

> Your search - *Beale site:www.cgl.ucsf.edu/pipermail/chimera-users 
> -filetype:gz* - did not match any documents.
> Suggestions:
>     * Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
>     * Try different keywords.
>     * Try more general keywords.
>     * Try fewer keywords.

There is a message in August 2010 from John Beale.  If I search for that 
message using www.google.com (chimera "startup options" John Beale) I do 
get the message.  So it has been indexed.

   Some other revealing problems.  Searching the Chimera archives from 
the documentation page for "chimera" produces only 20 hits, all but 5 
are attachments.  Likewise a search for "windows" produces just 4 hits 
(one from 2005, one 2006, one 2007, one 2010).

   Obviously this isn't working.  Maybe we should remove the search 
field from the documentation until we have time to fix it because users 
(even ones who should know better like me) sometimes believe the search 
results that there are no archived messages on the topic.


> On Mar 8, 2011, at 10:58 AM, Tom Goddard wrote:
>> Hi Eric,
>>  How do I reply to an old chimera-users message and keep my reply in 
>> the same mailing list thread?  I guess there is some mail header line 
>> that allows the mailing list to recognize which messages belong to 
>> the same thread.  But I don't have the old chimera-users email I want 
>> to reply to.  The web interface to the archive doesn't appear to 
>> provide a way to reply.
> Well, I don't know for sure, but I assume it is threaded based on the 
> In-Reply-To header and/or the References header.  Now, the archive 
> doesn't show you either of those so I assume they're buried in some 
> internal location, so you're stuck.  Besides, threading is broken 
> across month boundaries anyway, so isn't the point moot really?
> --Eric

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