How can I efficiently search the bitcoin-dev mailing list for discussion on a specific term e.g. deprecating BIP37 support?

This question was asked by pinheadmz on IRC.

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The simplest way to do this is use a search engine e.g. Google and enter:

"bip37 site:lists.linuxfoundation.org"

(This is also useful for searching GitHub issues, pull requests as a Google search is often more effective than the github.com search functionality.)

Alternatively you can go to https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/ and download all the gzip mboxes (the URL scheme is simple, so you write a shell one-liner with curl), ungzip them, cat them together, and then use mutt -f combined.mbox.

 for file in $(curl $url | grep -Eo \\d{4}-\\w+\\.txt\\.gz); do 
 wget "$url$file"
 gzip *.gz
 cat *.txt > combined.mbox
 mutt -f combined.mbox

This question was answered by various individuals on IRC. Thanks to the individual who provided the above shell script.

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