Search Ubuntu mailing list and Linux archives using Google

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Carthik has a nice post on how to Search Ubuntu mailing list archive using 3rd party urls. According to him:


Almost all of the tips I post here are either things I stumble upon myself or things that I read at the Ubuntu-users mailing list. Seeing as how useful this mailing list is, I thought there should be a fast, efficient way to search it. Mailman, the software that the list runs on does not provide good search functionality. Don’t give up hope yet, though.

You can use Gmane’s search functionality at

Use google…

Ubuntu mailing List is good. Generally, I prefer to use award wining Google search engine for searching any site or archives using Google site operator.

site: query modifiers

For example search for adding a user, you need to type search string: add a user

Use same technique to search ubuntu mailing list archives using Google add a user

Google will restrict the results to those websites in the given domain or with site: query modifiers.

intitle: query modifiers

For perfect accuracy just try to search any site title using intitle: query modifiers
intitle:linux add a user to group
You can also combine site: and intitle: query modifiers. intitle:linux add a user to group

If you are too lazy to type special query modifiers try google webbased form or try Linux special search.

cahce: alternate query type and to highlight words

Sometime particular site goes down due to some problems, use cahce: operator to load same page to solve your problem. Cache is also good for highlighting words 🙂 add a user

Google has ability to search site quite accurately, hence I recommend using Google. Now you know … how do I troubleshoot and write an answer to all questions here and here 😉

And if you are a Yahoo! fanboy try add a user

PS: Use Google operators to search any information not just related to Linux/UNIX/BSD!


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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