Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> On 2007-11-06 02:56, "Aryeh M. Friedman" wrote:
>>>> 2. The only difference between different hardware is the
>>>> implications of sw issues... for example I get timeouts but no
>>>> infinite cycle when booting from cd
>>> ACK - and developers of software very seldom have access to even the
>>> tiniest fraction of the hardware that the community at large have
>>> their hands on.

>> And that is why I volunteered to help out but it seems they prefer for
>> me to just send various diag dumps so neither of us has any grounds
>> for complaint here I think.

>
> That's the way a lot of FreeBSD developers work. It may look 'flawed'
> and 'wrong', but there are probably a fair number of reasons why this is
> their preferred 'mode of operation'. For example, they may not have web
> access at all times. An email with a lot of useful information in the
> form of a logfile is available when 'offline' too. A wiki is not.
>
> I'm not saying that you shouldn't use your favorite means of collecting
> information from these threads (i.e. the wiki), but it is important to
> realize that it's *not* easier or more useful than the mailing lists;
> what is *can* be is another source of information, a complementary
> resource
>


Just to reinforce that ...

Over the years, and many areas of interest, I've had anywhere from 15,000 to
60,000 mailing list posts *per list* stored in a 'local' MUA folder as well as
synced IMAP on the server.

Diskpace is cheap, and messages are sparser than html.

I can do all manner of complex searches on those when offline, and they are more
specific than a full online 'google'.

YMMV,

Bill
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