era | 26 Nov 07:05 2015

The future of Gmane


With the repeated hardware and configuration breakage over the last
few months, and the even longer than usual hiatus periods between your
visits here, it is beginning to fell like Gmane is somehow not in the
right hands.

Quite frankly, I cannot shake off the feeling that Gmane is headed for
destruction the way things are now.  That would be a pity, because I
think it's a magnificent resource.  Some parts of the functionality is
duplicated elsewhere, but as a whole, it is a system of considerable
utility and brilliance.  There is a community of volunteers -- yes, a
small one, but still -- who would be happy to take over some of the
burden of maintenance if you could only spend a bit of time to support
us properly.

Not sure where to go with this.  I'll just mention for the record that
I managed to get my employer to commit to paying for the bandwidth I
use (disguised as a "monthly donation", only to have the offer turned
down by you.  I don't know -- I'm thinking if we could get paid
support for some of the routine stuff with that money, that would help
you focus on the things which matter to you.

Would you be open for discussing changes in the Gmane ownership or
administration arrangements?  What are your plans for the site and for
your personal involvement, and your intentions for the governance of
the existing infrastructure?

No matter where Gmane is going, you have put in an enormous amount of
work, ideas, and dedication -- thanks for taking it this far!  But
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era | 26 Nov 06:58 2015

Bug tracker for Gmane?

Lars, as you have been relatively active on Github recently, how would
you feel about using the Github issue tracker for Gmane problems?

Since you are hard to reach, and there are some problems only you can
fix, it would at least help create an illusion that somebody still
cares about keeping Gmane up and running; and hopefully would also
reduce the amount of "me too" and "lost the ball" issues here in


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Arkadiusz Drabczyk | 22 Nov 20:13 2015

help-bash not receiving messages

Is there something wrong with help-bash known here as  Today I sent two identical messages to
this list via gmane but none has made it to the list.  I am subscribed
to help-bash.  I replied to an authorization e-mail from as


Arkadiusz Drabczyk <arkadiusz <at>>
Josef Frank | 20 Nov 12:38 2015

NNTP through different port than 119?

Would it be possible to provide NNTP access also through a different port
than 119, preferably port 80 (maybe through different hostname, like the
guys at eternal-september did:

Background: After change of firewall supplier requests to port 119 get
filtered out currently (to 563 as well; this will likely last for some weeks
until person in charge is available again to open up respective channels,
ports 80 and 443 were open by default).

Best wishes
Mark Geisert | 19 Nov 11:11 2015

"Followup" on web interface is broken

Others have posted about this issue.  In my case it's affecting 
gmane.os.cygwin so it may well be happening with many/all groups.  After 
clicking "Followup" in the frames-based reader the following appears in my 
Chrome browser address bar...

...and the text "No such file" appears as the only page content.
Ed Avis | 18 Nov 18:01 2015

'No such file' on followup

Thanks for getting the Gmane web interface up and running again.
However, the problem mentioned in
of 'no such file' appearing on followup is still there.  I would follow up
in that thread, but...


Ed Avis <eda <at>>
Oliver Graute | 18 Nov 09:08 2015

Can't load the gmane Website


since Monday I can't load the Website "" correctly. 
Errors are "No such Prefix " or "Couldn't contact ciao:8010 
The web interface is down for maintenance."

Best regards,

Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen | 6 Nov 17:08 2015

Gmane mailing lists moved

I moved gmane-test, gmane-announce and gmane-discuss to a new host.  I
copied over the subscription lists, so there shouldn't be much of a


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Johan | 5 Nov 23:54 2015

Action followup

When I use the web interface to either:

Action / followup

Or click on the reply button

I get "No such file"

I looked in the FAQ, didn't find anything relevant.

What am I doing wrong?
era | 2 Nov 13:25 2015

Gmane web interface not updating; sick?

I am  basically unable to use  the "traditional" Gmane web  interface. I
can  see  the subject  listing  in  the upper  pane,  but  the links  to do not seem to  work, or only work erratically. Direct
links to do  not seem  to work, or  are very  slow to
open, and/or only open with an error message, ultimately.

Somewhat  relatedly,  takes  a very  long time,  but
eventually does show the message I wanted to look at ... sometimes.

I see  this on  my OSX  laptop, in both  Firefox and  Safari, but  I can
repeat the same problems with curl on  Linux, so it appears that this is
definitely a server-side issue, and not related to CSS or JavaScript.

vnix$ time curl  | less

real 1m48.405s
user 0m0.012s
sys 0m0.000s

The output is a HTML template but no message. This particular example is
a spam message, so  that may be a factor here;  but the previous message
2070820 is not spam (I think) and has similar symptoms.

If this were my real .signature, it would suck much less.  Well, perhaps not.
Christoph Groth | 28 Oct 18:19 2015

Message visible in gmane, but does not appear in gmane list archive


The message [1] has been sent simultanously to the two mailing lists [2]
and [3].  While it is visible over NNTP in both groups, the gmane web
interface only shows it for [3].  It can be, however, found also in [2]
when searching for "1.1" for example.

Is this a bug in gmane?