TODO items for public-inbox
(Not in any particular order, and
performance, ease-of-setup, installation, maintainability, etc
all need to be considered for everything we introduce)
* general performance improvements, but without relying on
XS or pre-built modules any more than we currently do.
(Optional Inline::C and user-compiled re2c acceptable)
* mailmap support (same as git) for remapping expired email addresses
* support remapping of expired URLs similar to mailmap
(coordinate with git.git with this?)
* POP3 server, since some webmail providers support external POP3:
Perhaps make this depend solely the NNTP server and work as a proxy.
Meaning users can run this without needing a full copy of the
archives in git repositories.
* HTTP, IMAP and NNTP proxy support. Allow us to be a frontend for
firewalled off (or Tor-exclusive) instances. The use case is
for offering a publicly accessible IP with a cheap VPS,
yet storing large amounts of data on computers without a
public IP behind a home Internet connection.
* support HTTP(S) CONNECT proxying to NNTP for users with
* DHT (distributed hash table) for mapping Message-IDs to various
archive locations to avoid SPOF.
* optional Cache::FastMmap support so production deployments won't
need Varnish (Varnish doesn't protect NNTP or IMAP, either)
* dogfood and take advantage of new kernel APIs (while maintaining
portability to older Linux, free BSDs and maybe Hurd).
* dogfood latest Xapian, Perl5, SQLite, git and various modules to
ensure things continue working as they should (or more better)
while retaining compatibility with old versions.
* Support more of RFC 3977 (NNTP)
Is there anything left for read-only support?
* Combined "super server" for NNTP/HTTP/POP3/IMAP to reduce memory,
process, and FD overhead
* Configurable linkification for per-inbox shorthands:
"$gmane/123456" could be configured to expand to the
appropriate link pointing to the gmane.io list archives,
likewise "[Bug #123456]" could be configured to expand to
point to some project's bug tracker at http://example.com/bug/123456
* configurable synonym and spelling support in Xapian
* Support optional "HTTPS Everywhere" for mapping old HTTP to HTTPS
links if (and only if) the user wants to use HTTPS. We may also
be able to configure redirects for expired URLs.
Note: message bodies rendered as HTML themselves must NOT change,
the links should point to an anchor tag within the same page,
instead; giving the user options.
* configurable constants (index limits, search results)
* handle messages with multiple Message-IDs (done for v2, doable for v1)
* handle broken double-bracketed References properly (maybe)
and totally broken Message-IDs
* improve documentation
* linkify thread skeletons better
* Further lower mail parser memory usage. We still slurp entire
message bodies into memory and incur 2-3x overhead on
multipart messages. Inline::C (and maybe gmime) could work.
* use REQUEST_URI properly for CGI / mod_perl2 compatibility
with Message-IDs which include '%' (done?)
* more and better test cases (use git fast-import to speed up creation)
* large mbox/Maildir/MH/NNTP spool import (see PublicInbox::Import)
* Read-only WebDAV interface to the git repo so it can be mounted
via davfs2 or fusedav to avoid full clones.
davfs2 needs Range: request support for this to be feasible:
* Contribute something like IMAP IDLE for "git fetch".
Inboxes (and any git repos) can be kept up-to-date without
relying on polling.
* Improve bundle support in git to make it cheaper to host/clone
with dumb HTTP(S) servers.
* Expose targeted reindexing of individual messages.
Sometimes an indexing bug only affects a handful of messages,
so it's not worth the trouble of doing a full reindex.
* code repository integration (cgit: done, TODO: gitweb, etc...)
* migration path to v2 without breaking v1 "git fetch" cronjobs
* imperfect scraper importers for obfuscated list archives
(e.g. obfuscated Mailman stuff, Google Groups, etc...)
* extend public-inbox-watch to support IMAP, NNTP
* improve performance and avoid head-of-line blocking on slow storage
(done for most git blob retrievals, Xapian needs work)
* HTTP(S) search API (likely JMAP, but GraphQL could be an option)
It should support git-specific prefixes (dfpre:, dfpost:, dfn:, etc)
as extensions. If JMAP, it should have HTTP(S) analogues to
various IMAP extensions.
* search across multiple inboxes, or admin-definable groups of inboxes
This will require a new detached Xapian index that can be used in
parallel with existing per-inbox indices. Using ->add_database
with hundreds of shards is unusable in current Xapian as of
August 2020 (acknowledged by Xapian upstream).
* scalability to tens/hundreds of thousands of inboxes
- pagination for WwwListing
- inotify-based manifest.js.gz updates
- process/FD reduction (needs to be slow-storage friendly)
* command-line tool (similar to mairix/notmuch, but solver+git-aware)
* consider removing doc_data from Xapian, redundant with over.sqlite3
It's no longer read as of public-inbox 1.6.0, but still written for
* share "git cat-file --batch" processes across inboxes to avoid
bumping into /proc/sys/fs/pipe-user-pages-* limits
* make "git cat-file --batch" detect unlinked packfiles so we don't
have to restart processes (very long-term)
* support searching based on `git-patch-id --stable` to improve
bidirectional mapping of commits <=> emails
* linter to check validity of config file
* linter option and WWW endpoint to graph relationships and flows
between inboxes, addresses, Maildirs, coderepos, newsgroups,
IMAP mailboxes, etc...
* pygments support - via Python script similar to `git cat-file --batch'
to avoid startup penalty. pygments.rb (Ruby) can be inspiration, too.
* highlighting + linkification for "git format-patch --interdiff" output
* highlighting for "git format-patch --range-diff" output
(linkification is too expensive, as it requires mirroring)
* support UUCP addresses for legacy archives