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I started getting requests from users that want their addresses in the bodies of
messages and headers disguised in mailman/pipermail archives. has anyone come
up with a patch for this yet?

---eric

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  • Jon Carnes at Aug 19, 2003 at 6:10 pm
    There are a couple, but none of them work great. I have used a small 4
    line script to hide the addresses in some archives.

    IMO, the best method is to allow concerned users to sign up on a private
    list to have their email addresses expunged from the archives (and
    provide the alternative they want). Then you simply grep through the
    archives directory for their exact email address and replace that with
    the alternative. The "sed" command will do the job nicely
    On Tue, 2003-08-19 at 11:30, Eric S. Johansson wrote:
    I started getting requests from users that want their addresses in the bodies of
    messages and headers disguised in mailman/pipermail archives. has anyone come
    up with a patch for this yet?

    ---eric
  • Eric S. Johansson at Aug 21, 2003 at 4:17 pm

    Jon Carnes explained:

    There are a couple, but none of them work great. I have used a small 4
    line script to hide the addresses in some archives.

    IMO, the best method is to allow concerned users to sign up on a private
    list to have their email addresses expunged from the archives (and
    provide the alternative they want). Then you simply grep through the
    archives directory for their exact email address and replace that with
    the alternative. The "sed" command will do the job nicely
    I was afraid you would say that. I have found a temporary solution which is to
    tell people that as a matter of policy I will not edit archives but they can
    solve their problem by:

    a) doing software development necessary to make a publishable patch to the
    archiver. They or their designated agent write the code and test it, I will
    verify testing and advocate inclusion of the patch in the project.

    b) take over some of my open source development work (camram) and I will do the
    archiver modifications for them.

    funny how I never hear anything back... ;-)

    ---eric

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