By default, ezmlm mailing lists keep an archive of all the messages sent to the list. Some of them may have been removed by the list owner, but usually at least the last few month's message will be there. With ezmlm you can retrieve one message at a time with the -get command. With ezmlm-idx(*) you can access the archive in three different ways: You can get an -index listing message subjects and authors only. This information is sent as sets of 100 messages with up to 2000 entries per request. You can also -get a range of messages(*) (up to 100 per request) which will be sorted by subject (‘Re:’ and other “subject modifiers” are ignored) and time received. Finally, you can retrieve a set of messages or a “thread” containing a specific message. This usually gives you an ordered set starting with the first post, and then all replies in order received.
To access the archive, again remember that commands are put into the ADDRESS. Here are examples of the commands:
If you haven't been following the list for a while, or you just want to see the discussion of a specific question, the easiest is to start with -index(*). If not found, send further -index(*) requests going backwards in the archive. Once you've found one message (e.g. ‘667’) in the thread use the -thread(*) command: ‘email@example.com’ to get the entire set.
If you're a digest subscriber and find an interesting discussion, use -thread or the ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ address to catch up with the latest messages in that thread or on the list. The -thread(*) command is also useful if you catch the tail end of a discussion and want to read earlier messages.
Some lists may be set up to allow archive access to subscribers only(*). If you are not a subscriber, you can simply subscribe. If you are a subscriber, but are denied archive access, you are subscribed under an address different from the one you are sending from. Easiest is to unsubscribe (see above) the current subscriber address and subscribe the address you're sending from. Alternatively, some mail programs (e.g. Mutt) allow you to change the SENDER address depending on where you are sending mail. Last, if this address difference is necessary, you may FORWARD a list message, and a note with the two addresses and a request to ‘email@example.com’. The owner will add your second address to a special address list of senders allowed to access the archive (and post) even though they are not subscribers. Remember to replace ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ with the list address. (If you are adventurous, see Adding Aliases for information on how to do this without the help of the owner.)