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From Maxime Petazzoni <>
Subject Re: Patch for mod_mbox
Date Thu, 01 Feb 2007 13:52:55 GMT

Le 1 févr. 07 à 13:36, Nahuel ANGELINETTI a écrit :

> We are trying to use mod_mbox with large range of mailing lists, and
> got some problems, firstly is a problem about spam, if you activate  
> the
> Antispam option it obfuscate the email adresses on message view but  
> not
> in raw message, so we done a patch to hide the raw message link
> ( attached file ).

I remember a previous discussion on this point, but I don't recall  
the ending. The question is "Do we want a *true* (as in real) raw  
message, or just an extended display with headers and without MIME  
decoding ?"

This is a decision we have to make before starting something because  
the second solution may involve user interface improvements (such as  
'hide/show message headers', this kind of things).

> Then another problem is with the encoding, we have lots of
> =?iso-8859-1? and others on the mbox files and are not converted by
> mod_mbox.

At the time I worked on mod_mbox (summer 2005 mostly), the apr-iconv  
library was not fully functional (or at least not in a easy way with  
multibyte characters we encounter in UTF-x encoding). I believe the  
situation has changed now and that we could (finally) integrate  
charset conversion in mod_mbox.

The fact that mod_mbox outputs UTF-8 comes from the ASF mailing list  
systems (for which mod_mbox was initially designed), and we know that  
mod_mbox does not really like other charsets. This is definitively a  
point that must be improved in mod_mbox, along with Javascript and  
user experience.

> And then mod-mbox-util parse only mbox with list-post, and if we have
> some difusion list ( without list-post ) we cannot parse it, what  
> about
> it ?

For the moment, mod-mbox-util relies on the List-Post header to  
detect the mailing-list name and stuff, but we could make that more  
"intelligent" I guess.

I don't really have the time this week-end to take a look at these  
points (I'm leaving to the US on Sunday) but I'll definitively have  
some time for this, starting next Monday.

Thanks for your interest in mod_mbox,
- Maxime

PS: concerning the attached patch, it is good, but we first have to  
decide what to do, regarding the question I asked in this email.  
Other mod_mbox users/developers, what are your thoughts ?
Maxime Petazzoni (
-- gone crazy, back soon. leave message.

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