What is MHonArc?

MHonArc is a Perl program for converting mail or news messages into HTML archives. It can also be used to convert individual messages into HTML documents. Other capabilities include robust MIME support and powerful user customization features.

What's the latest version of MhonArc?

Latest version information is available at <http://www.mhonarc.org/>.

Where can I get MHonArc?

The latest information on MHonArc, and its availability, may be obtained at <http://www.mhonarc.org/>.

MHonArc requires Perl to run. If you do not have Perl, it can be obtained from <http://www.perl.com/>.

What restrictions are there on MHonArc usage?

MHonArc is free software. MHonArc is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). A copy of the license is included in the distribution. Please read it for more information, or go to <http://www.gnu.org/>. Note, that the word "free" means something different than "no cost". See the GPL and <http://www.gnu.org/> for more information.

Note, donations are welcome. And will help insure the continued development of MHonArc.

If you do not feel comfortable with the current licensing of MHonArc, GPL, then contact the developer of MHonArc if you want to make alternate licensing arrangements.


MHonArc is NOT in the public domain. Any mention of MHonArc in the public domain is WRONG. Applicable copyrights still apply.

Where can I get help on MHonArc?

The first place to try is the documentation that comes with MHonArc. The documentation is quite extensive, and may provide answers to most of your questions.

Second, you can read this FAQ.

Third, a mailing list, mhonarc-users@mhonarc.org, is available to provide a discussion forum on the usage and development of MHonArc. Appropriate topics for the list include: usage questions, bug reports, behavioral enhancements, documentation bugs, and general help.

Information about the list, including how to subscribe and the locations of web-accessible archives, is available at <http://www.mhonarc.org/archive/info/mhonarc-users.html>

How does MHonArc compare to other email archivers, like Hypermail?

Hypermail is probably the oldest major free mail archiver still in use, but over the years, others have popped up. Which is best depends on your needs. The following provides a summary of some of the free archiving programs available:

Why I should use MHonArc over some of the Internet-based mailing list archive services?

The exact "why" depends on your needs. Here are some possible reasons why you may want to use MHonArc over Internet-based mailing list archive services:

Note, there is a nice Internet-based mailing list archive service that is available at no charge, and it uses MHonArc and the htDig search engine. See <http://www.mail-archive.com/> for more information.

Are their "real-world" examples of MHonArc usage?

Take your pick:

Why are list archives about Perl-related topics not maintained with a Perl-based program, like MHonArc?

The answer is something I would like to know myself.

Is MHonArc Y2K (Year 2000) compliant?

There is no known Y2K issues with the current release of MHonArc. Message dates are translated to Unix time(2) format which are currently valid until 2038. If MHonArc is still in use by then, I would be amazed.

There has been no official Y2K certification of MHonArc. Since MHonArc is free software, I see noone paying the money for certification. Hence, do not go looking for someone to sue if something breaks.

You may want to check <http://language.perl.com/news/y2k.html> about Y2K from a Perl point-of-view.


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