[RFC] Use JSON in emacs interface
chrismgray at gmail.com
Sun Apr 29 09:22:01 PDT 2012
My thinking about this arises from the fact that there is a person on
one of the lists that I read who puts a semicolon after his name. Of
course, this confuses the regex in notmuch-search-process-filter, which
expects that the first semicolon in the string representing a thread is
after all the authors.
I first thought of changing the regex so that it looked for the last
semicolon in the string or something like that, but that would just move
the problem. (Semicolons are probably more frequent in subject lines
than in author names.) So it seems to me that what is needed is for
notmuch and emacs to talk with each other in a format that is
unambiguously parseable. Since notmuch search already has the option of
outputting to JSON, that seems like a natural fit.
Emacs has an existing JSON parser,
but it doesn't appear that it is able to parse progressively, meaning
that it wouldn't be able to display results as they come in from notmuch
search if used as-is. My guess is that its parts could be hacked
together to overcome this limitation though.
Anyway, if others think this is a good idea, I'm willing to do the
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