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simonmarhaskell at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 07:46:30 EDT 2007
Claus Reinke wrote:
>>> What I was actually googling for is "ghc haskell language pragma", and
>>> then you get loads of results from manuals before GHC had a language
>>> pragma. I don't mean searching to find the documentation, I mean
>>> searching to find content within the documentation.
>> This just shows you how screwed up Google currently is.
> i wouldn't go that far, but i have had the impression that its performance
> doesn't impress me as much as it used to. or perhaps my own google skills
> have deteriorated. if i know what i'm looking for, it is still great.
> but when
> the search items are still cloudy, i sometimes feel as if i was back to
> before google came along.
> when stumbling across a haskell or ghc problem, i used to be able to
> find some relevant mailing list threads within a few hours, or if the
> issue was mingw-related, within an afternoon or so. the time being taken
> up by finding the right context and keywords to search for,
> incrementally evolving the search patterns with increasing awareness of
> context - since i follow haskell daily, but only search mingw for
> issues, every few months or so, one is easier than the other.
I find the following works quite well for searching the mailing lists:
- download all the archives from haskell.org
- import them into Thunderbird
- use Google Desktop Search, or thunderbird's search
On Linux I suppose you'd have to use an alternative to GDS like Beagle or something.
> mailing list postings to home in on the right static resources. i have,
> at times, suspected that google no longer indexes all of haskell.org.
Google has never indexed all the mailing lists on haskell.org properly. I never
found out why, although I believe John Peterson looked into it at one stage and
concluded that it wasn't easy to fix. Google does index the mirrors though
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