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    Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    The Yahoo Previa group's files will be deleted on 12/14/19. Over the years, I've saved a lot of them that might be useful to my '92, and just went back to download some stuff I only had saved the links to.

    I suppose there's a way to copy everything over, but there's a lot of stuff that isn't relevant any more, things like for-sale listings. The rest is a mixed-bag as all these things tend to be. I'm sure many, many of the original posters are long gone along with their vans and preferences for sites less clunky than the Yahoo one was.

    Now, I don't have the time to search throughout this site to see what may or may not be duplicated, nor what other Yahooligans are currently registered or may have arrived recently. As an intermediate measure, I copy-n-pasted the file list into a pdf - which preserves the links if you can still log in there - and am willing to copy any of them over on request (although no guarantees as to how promptly).

    FWIW I also have accumulated notes on different topics which tend to be a mashup of c&p'ed comments made on different threads, sometimes pretty inconsistent when taken all together, but info is info, even if it has to be filtered/vetted later. Those are available too if you have a topic, but don't expect anything polished. There's often an agglomeration of inputs from Yahoo, this site, Toyotanation, something a parts guy maybe told me, plus some random blog or three...

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    So, if you know there's a topic that needs some extra Previa info here and you see it, let me know. I either have it myself or can go get it.

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    Yahoo Previa file listing 10_30_2019.pdf

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    How do I get access? Seems when I click on the link in the PDF it tells me that you have to be a member? I just requested to join. Not sure if I'll get accepted before December when all content will be deleted. Very interested in this material.

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    I wouldn't count on gaining access at this point; it's been flaky at best - sometimes being laggy, not showing images, either putting up a post right away or 1-2 days later, things like that.

    I could post everything I've got, which doesn't include scanned pages from the FSM (which I have) and stuff about the 1994+ model supercharger (which I don't have - mostly discussions of oil issues and "black flakes" in the EGR passage I think). My concern was that a lot might duplicate what's already on threads here, and I didn't want to spend time searching through it all to avoid that.

    We could set up a "Yahoo Previa Group" sub-library/archive maybe? I leave that decision to Tim et al.

    Something you know you need right away and isn't here already? I could post it pretty quickly since it's probably already on my hard drive. If I don't have it, I could get it off the site. I don't want to be a hoarder, but don't want to spend time uploading everything in the short-term. Unless my PC blows up, I'll have it post-apocayahoolipse.

    I don't know how to transfer all the conversations (starting in December 1998!) over and not sure that's even a good idea. The "signal-to-noise" ratio isn't as good as it is here, and includes a lot of references to discontinued parts and long-gone members and vendors. As I mentioned in the original post, I have what I consider to be useful extracts I could post as long as folks didn't mind the mish-mash copy-and-paste format.

    I should mention a great source of Toyota documentation is available using Toyota's Technical Information System (TIS) at https://techinfo.toyota.com. You can buy a 2-day subscription for $20 and then download like mad - Technical Service Bulletins, supplemental manuals on things like electrical systems, even the manual chapters themselves as I recall, although I think it was piecemeal enough to make me not want to endure it given I've already got a paper manual.

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    I have used https://www.httrack.com/ software to copy entire websites successfully. It can be a tricky getting the switches set right so that it copies not too much and not too little but it works and leaves everything in its familiar (in this case clunky, to be nice) format.

    Also Fred posted this info on the group:

    There is a Python script to retrieve all messages,
    https://github.com/philpem/yahoo-group-archiver

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    I'd personally appreciate someone taking the time to save the website. And I'm sure others would as well. It doesn't even matter the format or how disorganized it is. There's always the search feature that can be used. Please make this available, I only bought my Previa less than a year ago and I plan on keeping it. And possibly getting a newer than my 1992 Previa in the future.

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    I have enough software exposure to often be able to blunder along enough to get things done with the help of the google, but I tried for a while with the Python script and was only able to get a black screen to pop up for a second. I may revisit it later but it's getting cold and I still have to figure out how to TIG weld in some windshield channel frame pieces without melting my A-pillars - or anything near them for that matter...

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    Currently downloading! Will obviously update later if it actually worked. Just like many Previa fixes, wound up being something "simple;" the name of the group in a command line had to be just previa, not the full URL...

    Looks like 1 message about every 1/2 second, so will be awhile...

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    Much appreciated

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    Quote Originally Posted by man_btc View Post
    Currently downloading! Will obviously update later if it actually worked. Just like many Previa fixes, wound up being something "simple;" the name of the group in a command line had to be just previa, not the full URL...

    Looks like 1 message about every 1/2 second, so will be awhile...

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    I'll be interested to hear your results, and what the final download product looks like. One disadvantage of the software link I posted is that if it works, the messages will be in the exact same awful, clunky format that the web version of the yahoo group uses. Here's to hoping your download comes out in a more functional form.

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    It looks like I have everything downloaded, although it'll take some doing to make it more digestable than it is.
    62046 messages, each downloaded as a "<message#>.json and a <message#>_raw.json (I tried running some through an online json-XML translator, and the "raw" ones produced the text like you'd see on a regular post, but lots of control characters before it; the .json files are 'readable' with something like notepad but sprinkled with control characters throughout - and any attachments are in separate attachment folders that I'm sure link to their messages if I understood JSON (JavaScript Object Notation). All the photos and files are there in folders labelled with the original file or album name, but with other details in a separate .json file in each folder with additional information about the photos - the description text that would appear under the album name, etc..

    Bottom line is it's all been extracted and saved after 12 hours, but there's some work to make it searchable & easier to work with. Maybe there's someone who understands JSON & vbulletin well enough to suggest a path forward. That should probably be an off-this-forum discussion.

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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    Thought I'd mention that I've place it all in a Google Drive folder. Placed a link in the Yahoo group but don't want to put in in the forum here because it'd eventually show up in a Google search and I'd rather not make it "public." Available via PM (approx 2.5GB)

    I've run out of time to deal with this for the moment, but passing on what I recently googled:

    As mentioned before, the Group messages download as ".json" files. They are really meant to be used by a program that translates them into nicely-formatted webpage or email text. While you can open them in a text-editor like notepad, it's difficult because the content appears as a dog's breakfast of text interspersed with lots of control characters.

    (As a side note, that is what is considered to be the strength of the JSON file format - it contains all the standardized "ingredients" needed for different programs to manage and display messages on the web, yet is still in a text form that a human programmer can easily read instead of interpreting digital code.)

    As predicted, some are already fooling with ways to allow ex-Yahooligans to view their saved messages in a more easily-digestible format.

    Here's someone who's written a "script" that runs under a program called AutoIt.
    AutoIt script to convert json files to eml files

    https://groups.io/g/GroupManagersForum/message/22447

    AutoIt itself
    https://autoit.en.softonic.com/

    We'll get this sorted eventually. At least the Group data is not being lost on December 14, for what that's worth.
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    Re: Yahoo Previa Group Files available until 12/14/2019

    Thank you for downloading and keeping the Yahoo files; i have 2 previas and have used them several times to solve unique previa problems. Lots of good info in there!

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