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IntroductionThe Mailing List Archive search allows you to perform simple and complex searches through the messages posted to the mailing list. The database is updated each night with the previous days messages.
The database maintains the original message text, the sender, the date, and the message subject. Any combination of these may be specified in your search.
Search by DatesYou may limit your searches to a certain date range. If the Earliest Date is left blank then the search will go back to the very first message. If the Latest Date is left blank then the search will go all the way to the latest messages. The dates are inclusive. This means messages will be included for the specified date.
Searching by Sender and SubjectSince the Sender and Subject fields are short and it wont be common to search on them anyway, the search method is different. Both fields work the same. In its simplest form these use a basic substring match. For example, if you enter the text
In reality the search is much more complex. You can enter any extended regular expression. Unless you work on computers using UNIX you may not have any idea what a regular expression is. If you dont know then dont worry about it. Just type simple text you wish to match on and things will work.
For the technically curious this search is performed using a MySQL database and the
Search by Mail Body WordsThe most common type of search is probably via word searches in message body, and/or subject line and/or in the mail sender. For example, lets say you wanted to find all messages about peel ply. If you entered
You may enter any number of search-words. There is an implied
You may also search for messages that dont contain a certain word. Lets say you want to find all message that contain the word
You can combine many words with
The search has some basic knowledge of the English language. If you search on the word
Besides handling various forms of words, all hyphens and apostrophes have been removed. This way you do not need to worry about how words were entered in various messages.
Keep in mind that spelling mistakes are another story. If you search on
Search by Mail Body PhrasesIf you are looking for a very specific phrase within the body of a message you may search on it by entering the phrase in double quotes ("). An example might be
You may combine phrase searching with word searching by simply combining then with
The phrase search is very slow if you do not combine it with at least one search-word. The slowness comes from the ability to do phrase matching across multiple lines. If you do a phrase search without a search-word please be patient.
SortingYou may specify how to sort the results. The choices are by date, subject, or from. The results will have a little arrow next to the column indicating how the results are being sorted. Clicking on a column header in the results list will cause the results to be resorted on the selected column. If the results are already being sorted on that column then the sort will be reversed.
Results Per PageThe number of results displayed per page can be specified. Simply select the desired value from the list. The choices include 10, 25, or 50 rows per page.