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OSGeo archives inquisitor

01 Jun 2008 | mloskot

All OSGeo mailing lists are managed by GNU Mailman. Mailman is a great piece of software but it lacks of user friendly search engine. In order to search, for instance, gdal-dev archives I usually feed Google with a query like this:

+libtiff +crash site:

It works well but requires me to know and input direct URL of archives I want to scan. There are nearly 100 OSGeo mailing lists and sometimes I need to juggle quite many of them. Not much fun. The Nabble comes in handy when I have to do many searches at the same time.

I have been using Safari as main Web browser since I moved to Mac OS X - it just runs faster on my PowerBook G4. Shortly, I discovered Inquisitor plugin for Safari and my lists searching practice have changed. Thanks to Inquisitor’s feature of additional search engines, I use it as an interface to the OSGeo mailing lists archives and


With a very little configuration, the Nabble and search engines are accessible in the Safari search box and also using keyboard shortcuts.

Configuration steps:

  1. Install latest version of Inquisitor

  2. Go to Inquisitor pane in the Safari preferences dialog box and click Edit sites…

  3. Add OSGeo add-ins to the additional search engines (see screenshot below)

  4. Click on the plus button to Add new custom search shortcut… and input Site Name, search engine URL with query placeholder and optional Shortcut.


Here are texts I used to define the three search shortcuts:

Site Name:

Site Name: OSGeo Mailing Lists

Site Name: GDAL Mailing List

Notice the %@ part, it is a search query placeholder.

Use of the shortcuts is simple, issue Cmd + Option + F to jump to the Google search box in Safari, input a query and use custom keyboard shortcut of desired search engine, for instance I press Cmd + Shift + G to search gdal-dev list. Alternatively, while you type your query, the Inquisitor drops down Spotlight-like box and then use arrow keys to select one of listed search engines.

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