[bitcoin-dev] Mailing List Administrivia - GPG, Archives, Breakage, TODO, mirrors, etc

Andy Schroder info at AndySchroder.com
Mon Jun 29 01:49:38 UTC 2015

Although I'd say your writing style is a bit unfriendly and hard to 
identify/unclear at the specifics of some of your complaints, I do agree 
with many of your points.

I really have no idea what format the .txt.gz files are in that are on 
the current archive. If you unzip them, they are not text tiles.

gmane was able to change the subscription of the previous list to the 
current list. So, anyone who had a newsreader setup, it should be 
working again. There is some gap in their archive at the beginning of 
the archive, as well as last week while the list was transitioned. They 
requested a link to a single mbox file archive that they can use to 
restore the list archive in it's entirety. Anyone know how we can get 
this? The reference to another mailing list below 
(https://cpunks.org/pipermail/cypherpunks/) has such a link on its 
archive page. It looks like the same interface so maybe that feature can 
just be turned on? I'm not sure if it gzips the mbox file on the fly 
whenever an http request is made or if it has some schedule and may be 
missing a few of the most recent messages?

Also, regarding the footer, if it can't be changed on a per user basis, 
I'd vote to get rid of it. Anyone with a reasonably powered brain can go 
to lists.linuxfoundation.org and find a way to get to the bitcoin-dev 
mailing list page. The information provided in the footer is also 
included in the email message headers as well. It's also included in the 
welcome e-mail when someone subscribes to the list.

Andy Schroder

On 06/27/2015 06:21 PM, grarpamp wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 9:14 PM, Frank Flores <frankf44 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> If you're going to go through the trouble of signing your public emails ...
> ... then you should also demand that the official archives of your
> favorite lists preserve them and their verifiability in the supposedly
> canonical reference "mbox" format that they distribute.
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 7:47 AM, Wladimir J. van der Laan
> <laanwj at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Subject: [bitcoin-dev] New GPG signing key for Bitcoin Core binary releases
> http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-June/009045.html
> http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-June.txt.gz
> As you can clearly see, both the HTML archives and the "mbox"
> archives have corrupted this message, it will not verify. Do not
> try to say this case is trivial, the problem itself is not trivial,
> it's gratuitous, and it applies to all matching messages... text,
> code, binary inline... that's dangerous.
> Do not try to say this corruption prevents spam, it does not.
> Spammers simply subscribe to the list and harvest everything
> efficiently in realtime... no webcrawling overhead, no stale
> addresses. Obfuscation is futile.
> This misfeature needs to be disabled.
> On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 12:57 AM, Warren Togami Jr. <wtogami at gmail.com> wrote:
>> archives will be exported
>> and imported into the new list server
> On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM, Andy Schroder <info at andyschroder.com> wrote:
>> I'm not sure if anyone has submitted a request for gmane
> On Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 5:35 PM, s7r <s7r at sky-ip.org> wrote:
>> Do we have all the archives imported? I run several full nodes and
>> mirrors for open source projects, if you think it's useful, I can
>> provide a mirror for the mail list archives.
> Yes... these other mirrors, archives, analysis, journalism, and
> interfaces are useful. However, as it is now, there are no useful
> authoritative sources for them to seed from... they're all corrupt.
> And any subscribed realtime sources, though nice, are subject to
> downtime, administrative and other unrecoverable gaps. Your mirror
> project is a fine idea, you should demand that the pristine historical
> sources be made publicly available. Not just for you, but for everyone.
> On Wed, Jun 17, 2015, grarpamp wrote:
>> ...
> As before, the current "mbox" archives are broken and not useful...
> a) They corrupt message data, messages are unverifiable, another example...
>     http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-June/009132.html
>     http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-June.txt.gz
> b) They are missing the minimum set of original headers necessary
>     for fully replyable, threadable, sortable, searchable, context
>     preserving and direct use by users MUA's in their local environment:
>     (Date, From, To, Cc, Subject, Message-ID, In-Reply-To, References)
> c) They do not include attachments (patches, signatures, images, crypto,
>     data) that are absolutely necessary to the context and archives
>     of all lists. Instead they stupidly throw them away to "web links"
>     which results not only in uselessness of the so called "mbox"
>     version, but in many thousands of needless fetches by archive
>     users and indexers. And hours of wasted work attempting to
>     postprocess them into usable form.
>     Valuable content lost from the "mbox" files this June alone:
>      418 attachment.html
>      106 attachment.sig
>        6 attachment.jpe
>        4 attachment.png
>        2 attachment.bin
> d) There appear to be at least 15 instances of unescaped '^From '
>     in the "mbox". Regeneration with current mailman may fix. One such
>     case is here:
>     http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2014-January/004245.html
>     http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2014-January.txt.gz
> Please fix all the above mentioned issues by providing the full raw
> archives in regularly updated [gzip/7z] mbox format. The internet
> thanks you :)
> Example, compare the "Downloadable version"s here:
> http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/
> https://cpunks.org/pipermail/cypherpunks/
> https://cpunks.org/pipermail/cypherpunks/2015-February/006820.html
> On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM, Andy Schroder <info at andyschroder.com> wrote:
>> Regarding message footers and the subject prefix
> Yes, they're also corruptive and space wasting clutter, for and by
> the clueless :( Both of them should be turned off.
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