Subject: Re: Help!
To: Robert Dobbs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Dave Leonard <email@example.com>
Date: 06/07/1995 22:56:43
> Perhaps a netbsd README-or-FUCKYOU web page is in order?
> I'd like to have a list of the things that need rebuilds for those
> periods of time where I can not keep up with this mailing list. As is,
> I wouldn't have know about the mountd problem because I wasn't actively
> reading this list in the latter half of May. I appreciate the mail
> lately that has README in big letters in the subject, but I think a
> WWW page would remove a lot of these questions that come up again and
a hand kept RAQ (recently asked questions) would be nice; perhaps
grepping archives is good enough.
how about some sort of harvest/glimpse gateway to the mailing lists?
takes the pain out of it
Let's say you sort of keep up with the lists: you give them a regular
once over. one day you inherit some h/w or something that wont work
but you remember something about a fix for it in the lists; -> search
for it in the list gateway. This gateway might even be clever enough to
hyperlink the messages by their message-id's so you can glance at the
replies that one generated and the general context of the original
I notice, at the moment, one has to ftp an archive, extract and a?grep
it yourself. perhaps someone would be benevolent enough to standardize
(or create a standard for) some sort of search tool on the archives?
Maybe even the -current source tree as well? (i think i saw this done
somewhere.) (I personally am not huge in the available-time department
ObOverTheTop: perhaps an RAQ page could be automatically generated
with the aid of some huge lisp program? Maybe it could also come up
seriously, perhaps people could put the string [FIX] or something into
their message so that some auto-web page generator makes a link to it.
Like this maybe:
> [PROBLEM] salt-shakers not recognised at boot (NetBSD/toaster)
> I'm having terrible problems getting my frost-free
> twin-blade salt-shaker to be recognised on boot. I
> have to run a sharpened fork up and down the FPU's
> legs before anything happens!
> Confused, Nigel.
Well Nigel, its because sys/arch/toaster/dev/pepper.c assumed
you had a waffle-iron plugged into /dev/wfl0. Heres a patch to
get you on your way:
[FIX] patch follows...
hmm i can see lots of problems with this approach.. needs more thought
anyway.. time to go back to study.
David Leonard BE(Comp)/BCompSc 5th year student
The University of Queensland firstname.lastname@example.org