[notmuch] notmuch new: Memory problem

Carl Worth cworth at cworth.org
Thu Nov 26 11:16:21 PST 2009

On Thu, 26 Nov 2009 10:46:54 -0800, Carl Worth <cworth at cworth.org> wrote:
> So perhaps the new configuration option we want is a limit on message
> size? Rather than ignoring large files entirely, notmuch could just stop
> indexing messages past the configured limit?

Having just written that, I don't think it's actually an interesting

Instead of working around the bug, we should just find out what the bug
actually is. It could be that Xapian's TermGenerator is just going nuts
here. Or it could be that Xapian is just trying to hold too much data in
memory instead of flushing it out to disk.

Currently, notmuch doesn't ever call any explicit Xapian flush. Instead,
we rely on the default behavior which is that Xapian will flush to disk
after every batch of 10000 documents added. So it's possible that all
that's actually needed here is for notmuch to notice that it just
indexed a huge file, and then explicitly flush to avoid Xapian using too
much memory. Or, perhaps better, Xapian could be fixed to automatically
flush if its memory usages gets "too big", (if the missing flush is
actually what's needed here).

Clearly, some experimenting is needed. Dominik, if you can share the
large file, (with either me alone or with the whole list), a pointer to
where we could download it would be appreciated.


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