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Refering to bug reports (was: Options menu is broken on CVS)

From: Reiner Steib
Subject: Refering to bug reports (was: Options menu is broken on CVS)
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2005 11:36:47 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On Sun, Sep 11 2005, Richard M. Stallman wrote:

>     > In ChangeLog it can be useful to mention the date and sender of the
>     > bug report.  That would be brief, but enough to find the discussion
>     > straightforwardly.
>     If the discussion was in a public mailing list, a URL of the message
>     that started the thread would IMHO be a better way of pointing to it.
> The date and sender are in the message--the URL is not.  It would be
> too difficult to find the URLs and put them in the change log.
> (Would you want to find the URLs for me?)

I'd suggest to add the Message-ID (maybe in addition to sender and
date).  Gnus can fetch messages by Message-ID both from local and
public archives.  I'd supposed that also Rmail could also do this.
(Followups can be found by searching the References header.)

The mailing list archive Gmane.org (run by Lars Ingebrigtsen) where
most Emacs related list are archived also provides the possibility to
find messages and thread by Message-ID, e.g.:


Another option would be that the mailing list software adds an
"Archived-At: URL"[1] header pointing to the archive.  I don't know if
the mailing list software can be configured to do this.

Bye, Reiner.

[1] http://ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-duerst-archived-at-03
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