Search facility for the list archives?

Mark Reinhold mr at
Fri Aug 24 18:15:49 UTC 2007

> Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 14:04:58 -0700
> From: david.herron at

> ...
> It seems to me that going to google and entering:
> search string
> would be a very good way to handle this.  But there's a robot.txt saying
> otherwise...
>      wget
> Yields:
>     User-agent: *
>     Disallow: /
> There must be a reason for this to which I'm not privy.  To me it makes
> absolute perfect sense to index this stuff because it's the search
> engines that draw the most traffic to a web site.

You're completely right.

There used to be a reason for that robots.txt.  The new
domains were actually online a few days before the launch at JavaOne, and
we (obviously) didn't want search engines to index the site prior to the
launch.  We removed the robots.txt files from but forgot
to removing the one on mail.o.j.n.

I've now removed it.  Give Google a couple of days, and you should be all

- Mark

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