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From "Sebb (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (INFRA-16613) Replace *.mbox files with links
Date Sat, 02 Jun 2018 12:04:00 GMT
Sebb created INFRA-16613:

             Summary: Replace *.mbox files with links
                 Key: INFRA-16613
             Project: Infrastructure
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Mail Archives
            Reporter: Sebb

The mbox directories on mail-archives.a.o generally have the following entries for the mailbox

yyyymm.mbox -> yyyymm

where yyyymm is e.g. 201801

The utility that extracts the indexes expects to find *.mbox files, however the mboxes are
currently archived into files without the .mbox extension. So the scripts create the .mbox
file as a soft link.

I assume the scripts may have changed at some point, because there are quite a few yyyymm.mbox
entries which are files rather than links.
If the .gz file is re-extracted, this will normally be to the yyyymm file.
If the mbox file is not also overridden then the archive as published may not agree with the
contents of the .gz file.

AFAICT there are no scripts which create .mbox files (only links).
ISTM that the .mbox files should be removed and replaced with links.
Should check that yyyymm.mbox agrees with yyyymm before doing so.

Note that the corresponding mbox files on mail-private.a.o are all set up as links.

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