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Generate a static back-of-a-book style index?

On 07Jul2018 18:24, Skip Montanaro <skip.montanaro at gmail.com> wrote:
>I just generated a static website which is nothing more than around
>ten years of email messages from a defunct vintage bike mailing list
>(170k messages, one per file). Though I've submitted the front page
>URL to both Google and Bing, I was thinking that it would be handy to
>have something like a static index such as you might find in the back
>of a book. I poked around a bit, but the prevalence of JS-based static
>websites is hampering the search. I found this on PyPI:
>but it looks fairly unmaintained and contains no documentation.
>(Fortunately, it appears small, so I will at least skim the code to
>see if it looks useful.)
>Surely this is a solved problem, hopefully in Python?

Have you looked at the ptx command? Might be called "gptx" on a system with the 
GNU coreutils installed with "g" prefixes.

It does exactly this, and has done for decades :-)

Cameron Simpson <cs at cskk.id.au>