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Migrating a Sourceforge Mailing List

Posted on 19 October 2006 by Demian Turner

Just in case this saves someone the considerable hassle I went through ..

If you run a project on Sourceforge and use their mailing lists you may have been tempted recently to switch to another provider, like google groups, whether due to considerable SPAM arriving at SF or regular flake-outs with 3-5 days no mails delivered.

A standard Mailman install has an export feature which is all you need to get a text output of all the email addresses subscribed to your SF list – but the SF version doens’t have this feature, perhaps it’s an older release.

Instead of copying  hundreds of records, one copy/paste for each letter in the alphabet from SF Mailman admin page, you can actually go to SF -> your project -> Mail -> Admin -> Administer/Update Lists and you get exactly the text export you need.

I have always considered SF text link navigation some of the most unintuitive available on the web, but this is the first time it has lost me a significant amount of time.

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Demian Turner Says:

    since this post SF has had a redesign and now it is impossible (surprise, surprise) to find the mailing list admin link referred to in the article

  2. Diether Pascual Says:

    I never used it although I check on it from time to time. Sometimes I miss the older SourceForge. :=(

  3. Marcin Says:

    I just tried to export one of the SF mailing list, and it took me an hour or two to find how to do this:

    http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/sourceforge/wiki/Mailing%20list%20archive%20backups%20%28mbox%20files%29

    The export is well documented, but it can be hard to find this page in docs.

  4. Demian Turner Says:

    Hi Marcin

    yeah SF is hopeless that way, i think that site has the worst usability on the whole internet, and it’s been consistently bad for the 7 years I’ve used it. Anyway, thanks for your insight.

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