[PD] searching the email archive for common words

Peter P. peterparker at fastmail.com
Wed Nov 25 23:52:16 CET 2015

Dear list,

I would like to re-post the below mail regarding the search feature of
the mailing list archive. I am sure everyone here agrees that the list
archive is one, if not the only one, of the most comprehensive
collections of Pd knowledge that comes from more than a decade of
fruitful discussions and insight know-how. It would be great if there
was a way to reliably search this valuable data.

* Peter P. <peterparker at fastmail.com> [2015-04-20 18:25]:
> Hi list,
> the biggest wealth of information about Pd might lie in the mailing list
> archives at http://lists.puredata.info/pipermail/pd-list/
> Searching these archives for words which appear very often, such as
> "extended" "Gem" etc will return messages from the search algorithm,
> that these words are excluded from the results as there are too many
> occurrences. That might make sense, but renders the usability of the
> search algorithm very useless for certain requests.
> Could there be a way to improve this? Or are there already other methods
> of searching the mailing list archive, besides downloading the raw
> 700+MB archive?
> thanks,
> P

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