Subject: Re: Journey into Hell
To: Dave McGuire <>
From: Jordan K. Hubbard <>
List: port-i386
Date: 04/13/1996 21:13:19
If you find a truly decent WAIS package, please let us know!  We have
just such a mail archive search feature at but
have found a lot of problems with the version of WAIS that we're
using.  In particular, it likes to dump code fairly regularly.

Oh yeah, this is the Thinking Machines wais server.


> On April 13, you wrote:
> > speaking of which, how about making the mailing list archives searchable,
> > maybe via the web server? I can't think how many problems I've run into,
> > then been able to solve just by grepping through some port-i386 that I keep
> > locally. And how many of _other people's_ problems I read about on the list
> > that could have been solved similarly.
>   That would _definitely_ be neat.  I recently used the CNIDR zdist
> package (a wais package) to build a usenet news search engine.  It's a
> weird package (IMHO) but it works very well for my application.  Their
> stock parser code understands mail messages right out of the box.
>   A clone of my configuration, nearly unmodified, would work very well
> for this I think.
>                    -Dave McGuire