how can I browse the The freebsd-questions Archives tar files!

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Fri Sep 24 01:37:18 PDT 2004

On 2004-09-24 15:44, Huajian Luo <huajian.luo at> wrote:
>W. D. wrote:
>>At 02:26 9/24/2004, Huajian Luo, wrote:
>>>Kris Kennaway wrote:
>>>>On Fri, Sep 24, 2004 at 03:05:33PM +0800, Huajian Luo wrote:
>>>>> Can someone tell me how to use mutt to view freebsd-question
>>>>> archives I gunzipped the file and It's a txt file, so I think
>>>>> there maybe a better way to view it by mutt, I can view it's
>>>>> threads, but , can someone point me howto config my mutt to
>>>>> view this text file,
>>>>mutt -f file ?
>>> But I can just see the following line on the bottom, how can I
>>> view it :) I'm a mutt and fBSD newbie so bear with me :-)
>> If you happen to want to search for them on the Web:
> Thanks , but I just want to save my $$ :(, I can view the message
> offline by just grabbing the tarball, any other points!

The files you downloaded are simply Unix mailbox folders.  All the
messages are contained in a plain text file one after the other.

Use any other mailer you like if mutt is confusing.  For instance,
pine can do the same with:

    $ pine -i -f /d/mail/freebsd-questions/2004-09.txt

This should list an index of all the mail messages.  The same of
course is what would happen with Kris' suggestion:

    $ mutt -f /d/mail/freebsd-questions/2004-09.txt

If you like using some other mailer, try "importing" the messages or
pointing the mailer to the mailbox file.  Most mailers that run on
UNIX can read mailbox folders fine: Netscape Mail, Mozilla Mail,
Thunderbird, Kmail, Evolution, etc.

- Giorgos

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