[notmuch] interesting project!

Carl Worth cworth at cworth.org
Sat Nov 21 04:10:42 PST 2009

On Sat, 21 Nov 2009 11:01:46 +0200, Dirk-Jan C. Binnema <djcb.bulk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,

Hi, Dirk. Welcome to notmuch!

> Wow, 'notmuch' looks like a very interesting project. In 2008, I wrote an
> e-mail (Maildir) search tool called 'mu'[1], also using Xapian and GMime; my
> plan was at some point to turn it into a mail reader (use
> offlineimap/fetchmail etc. for getting the mail, and something else for
> sending it), but I never got that far. Search works pretty well
> though. Anyhow, it seems notmuch is getting there quickly.

Ah, how ignorant I was. I probably could have saved myself a bunch of
work if I had just started with mu. Oh, well.

> Anyhow, I'll study the notmuch code and see if there are some useful bits in
> my code that might make sense there, e.g., various dir scanning optimizations,
> see [2].

That sounds great. It's also good to have people with experience in this
area join and help out. I'll look forward to any ideas or other
contributions you will have.

>     [2] http://djcbflux.blogspot.com/2008/10/seek-destroy.html

Thanks. Stewart Smith contributed a patch to notmuch a couple of days
ago that added inode sorting, (which I was totally unaware of as an
optimization idea):

Read mail directory in inode number order


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