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Date:      Fri, 5 May 1995 09:41:14 -0400 (EDT)
From:      jfieber@cs.smith.edu (John Fieber)
To:        taob@gate.sinica.edu.tw (Brian Tao)
Cc:        questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   Re: Mailing list archives on CD-ROM!
Message-ID:  <199505051341.JAA14098@grendel.csc.smith.edu>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.BSI.3.91.950505132615.8963B-100000@aries.ibms.sinica.edu.tw> from "Brian Tao" at May 5, 95 01:32:34 pm

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Brian Tao writes:
> On Tue, 2 May 1995, John Fieber wrote:
> > (except for the USGS digital orthoquad series, 3500 CD's of jpeg
> > compressed aerial photographs!).
> 
>     "Will you want that shipped by tractor-trailer convoy, sir, or
> a Galaxy jumbo lifter?"  :)

Compared to the space taken up by the printed sheets (about
54,000), 3500 CD's is pretty compact!  (fyi: In my "real" job, I
manage a map collection of about 140,000 sheets.)

> > The fairly modest index on
> > www.freebsd.org sucks up a couple hundred meg. 
> 
>     Perhaps a separate series of FreeBSD mail/news archive CD-ROM's
> could be pressed?  Release a new one twice a year or so.  That would

I over-estimated, the latest round of indexing only takes around
170 meg.  (A df instead of a df -k, oops!).  If the
ports/packages collection were moved to a separate disk, the mail
archive could fit on the main disk.  I'm also investigating some
software that generates compressed indexes and preliminary
results show the total database size to be about half the
uncompressed size.

> be a blessing for FAQ maintainers.  Off-topic:  Does FreeBSD support
> those multi-tray or jukebox CD-ROM drives?

I gather it does, go look up "pioneer and changer" in
http://www.freebsd.org/How/mail-archive.html. 

> > No.  It uses freewais which is buggy as hell.  It never worked
> > quite right under 1.1.5.1 and I never even got it compiled under
> > 2.0, mainly because of a lack of time.  In another week, the
> > semester will be over and I hope to get the mailing list archive
> > back in gear. 
> 
>     Argh.  :(  I hope the messages from recent months are being kept
> somewhere?  

Yes and last night I updated the indexed archive to be current,
except for the bugs list which causes waisindex to dump core.
However, there appears to be a gap of a month or two at the end
of 1994.  I gather this was a result of auto-mounting "incident"
on freefall?  Fortunately, I had tucked a copy of the archives up
till October 1994 on a different filesystem that was spared.

-john

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