[R] Get previous R digest volumes/issues

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Sat Sep 10 14:56:39 CEST 2011

On 10.09.2011 12:57, (Ted Harding) wrote:
> On 10-Sep-11 10:19:54, soeren.vogel at uzh.ch wrote:
>> Hello, (how) can I download/re-retrieve/order previous R-** digest
>> volumes/issues to my mailbox for local browsing? Thank you, Sören
> Taking as example the R-help digest:
>    https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/
> for each month listed, you will see at the right-hand end
> of the lin a link to a g-zipped archive of the postings for
> that month.
> For example, for the current omonth September 2011 you will
> see:
> Downloadable version
> September 2011:  [ Gzip'd Text 381 KB ]
> Click on the "Gzip'd Text 381 KB" and you can then download
> a file 2011-September.txt.gz
> You then need to unzip this (on Unix-likes, use 'gunzip';
> I don't know what to do on Windows systems). Then you will
> have a text file 2011-September.txt which will consist of
> all the postings.
> These are in standard Unix MBOX format, i.e. each new message
> is begun with a line like
>> From rshepard at appl-ecosys.com  Thu Sep  1 01:55:22 2011
> immediately following a blank line (except for the first
> message in the file, where this line would be the first
> line in the file, with no preceding blank). See:
>    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbox
> Then, if you want to store these in a mailbox, you need to
> find out how to import Unix MBOX. For Unix-likes, again,
> this is no problem. You need a mail folder which is in
> MBOX format, and then simply either copy this file into
> it (if it is a new folder), or append the file to it
> (provided you first make sure that there is a blank line
> at the end of what is already there, as there should be).
> I believe Windows has provision for importing MBOX files.

Why do you think reading a file format such as mbox is OS specific? It 
entirely depends on the tools you are using.


> Hoping this helps,
> Ted.
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> Date: 10-Sep-11                                       Time: 11:57:13
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