[notmuch] [PATCH 3/3] change config file location to be ~/.notmuch/config

Jameson Graef Rollins jrollins at finestructure.net
Sun Nov 22 15:14:20 PST 2009

On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 05:24:53PM -0500, Bart Trojanowski wrote:
> I totally agree with Jamie about the config rename.  I don't know if I
> agree with the database location change... but I might just need some
> convincing.

So I don't really like having the database stored in the maildir.
There are a couple reasons for this:

- I would prefer to keep all notmuch stuff together, including all
  config files, data files, etc.  In my opinion, this just makes
  things easier to keep track of.  No need to guess where any relevant
  notmuch data is if it's all stored together in one place.

- I would prefer to not clutter my mail directories with anything
  that's not mail.  The notmuch database is definitely related to my
  mail, but it's not exactly my mail, so I'd rather keep it somewhere
  else.  (I think there's a whole other thread to be started about
  this, because I think the config should also hold the location of
  the maildir to be indexed, not the path to the index itself, which
  then makes implicit assumptions about where the maildir is.)  This
  point is also probably related to the fact that I've had to change
  MUAs too many times to trust one indefinitely.  So basically I want
  to keep my mail wholly separate from anything that's processing it.

I think Carl said he wanted to keep the ability to specify exactly
where the database is stored, so if we could move away from something
that makes any implicit assumptions about relative paths between the
database and the maildir, then all should be ok.

> Would it be enough to just read .notmuch/config and fall back to
> .notmuch-config otherwise?

Yes, this is a good idea.  I'll try to come up with a patch for this.

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