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I should start by saying that, yes, I could install and configure and
test and modify and try to work this out for myself, but I don't really
want to spend a great deal of time on a dead end! Hopefully someone can
answer 'yes' or 'no' instead.
I'm in an engineering firm. We have dozens of projects on the server
that see active and somewhat active use. We're based on AutoDesk Land
Desktop, which creates these project folders and does a good job of
organizing things. What I want to do is add an Intranet 'blog' to each
of these projects that will allow users to add notations viewable by
others, EASILY. These comments could be anything from 'gov't agency X
contact is Joe Blow' to 'the topo survey from Y is totally fsck'd, use
with caution'. The trick is it has to be easy to use. Project folders
are named by the job number.
I've looked at blog software (greymatter comes to mind), but they seem
to want to run an instance of the scripts for each weblog. That's a
maintenance nightmare I'd prefer to avoid. I need something that's
I had the brainwave that I might be able to adapt an email to html
conversion program to do this instead. So what I'd do is:
- email to 'blog@xxxxxxxxxxxx', subject: <jobnumber><actual subject>,
content: <Actual Content>
- we use IMAP and maildir's, so this would end up in blog's maildir
folder as a single file.
- run mhonarc or similar at regular intervals to parse through the
maildir and check for new messages. If found:
- extract job number from the subject (this will determine the html
file to which message will be added)
- append actual subject and content to the page.
- ideally, delete the message when html conversion is complete.
It would be nice to put the html page in the actual project folder
structure somewhere, so it gets archived with the project when
complete. But I *could* put all the blogs in a single folder somewhere
and create symlinks from the projects.
Is this something that mhonarc could be adapted to do? Easily, or is
this a weeks work for a programmer? Is there something else out there
that would do this 'out of the box'?
Any hints would be appreciated!
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