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sr #110917: dead links on older email archive pages

Submitter:  Dave <barx>
Submitted:  Wed 09 Aug 2023 10:30:29 AM UTC
Category:  Project mailing lists Priority:  3 - Low
Severity:  4 - Important Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  carlc
Operating System:  None Open/Closed:  Open
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Sun 03 Mar 2024 02:39:40 PM UTC, comment #5: 

I will look into this; I believe I have access needed to poke at the debbugs server and see what can be done.  At this point I'm not 100% confident that's the correct server (where the archives live), so I have a bit of a learning curve, aside which this isn't the top priority ticket in the queue (yet).

If other teammembers are interested (and have access setup) to work on this, please feel free to grab the ticket to work on it.

Corwin Brust <carlc>
Site Administrator
Tue 30 Jan 2024 10:51:46 PM UTC, comment #4: 

Hi Dave - very understandable that you'd post here. I'm sorry no one replied to your first post. No answer yet from the sysadmins about updating the web pages, but there was a machine crash last night and I'm sure they're scrambling, along with all their usual overload ...

Anyway, here's no one place for all * web pages. I guess generically there is, and they know how to forward if necessary. The specific exception here is that for anything related to mail, archives/delivery/whatever, -email is unavailable- is probably the best. Although a few volunteers have limited access to the mail machine, there are many mail-related things only the sysadmins can do.

All the best,

Karl Berry <karl>
Site Administrator
Tue 30 Jan 2024 01:49:15 AM UTC, comment #3: 

Ah, sorry for posting this request to the wrong forum.  Where's the right place to report broken links on web pages?

Dave <barx>
Mon 29 Jan 2024 10:55:48 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Hi Dave - thanks for the report, and sorry for the belated reply. Savannah people can't edit those pages, and I doubt the FSF sysadmins will want to, but I'll ask.

There's no way to redirect ftp urls, as far as I know. I guess an ftp server could conceivably be configured to return an http 302 or whatever, but that's not what the client (web browser) would be expecting, so I don't think it would work.

Karl Berry <karl>
Site Administrator
Sun 28 Jan 2024 11:54:28 PM UTC, comment #1: 

original submission:

>, which does not appear to be active
> (it times out every time I try to connect to it).

As this is still happening over 5 months later, I presume the URL is permanently defunct.

Dave <barx>
Wed 09 Aug 2023 10:30:29 AM UTC, original submission:  

The "download the archives in mbox format" link on and pages for all earlier periods (going back two decades) points to, which does not appear to be active (it times out every time I try to connect to it).  The same link on and pages for all later periods points to, which works.

The same break happens in the same places for the archives of the groff-commit and bug-groff lists.  I didn't check any other lists, but it's plausible the problem exists across the board.

Can the "mbox format" links on these older pages be updated?  Alternately, can the old link redirect to the new one, if there's a way to configure an ftp:// URL to redirect to an http:// one?  Thanks.

Dave <barx>


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