[notmuch] [PATCH] New function notmuch-search-operate-all: operate on all messages in the current query.

Carl Worth cworth at cworth.org
Thu Nov 26 13:00:57 PST 2009

On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 14:07:20 +0100, Jed Brown <jed at 59A2.org> wrote:
> > Second, since we're in the search view which shows threads, we should
> > really be operating on threads. But this tag command won't work like the
> > '+' and '-' commands in this buffer. Those commands will add/remove a
> > tag to/from every message in the thread[*]. The new '*' command, however
> > will only be changing tags on messages that match the query.
> I'm not convinced that we want to operate on the entire thread.
> Applying the tag only to the matched messages is enough to find the
> thread, and it may really be desirable to only have it applied to
> certain messages in the thread.  For example, I might have constructed
> an elaborate query to find five messages, including a couple that are
> burried in 100-message threads in which case I would definitely not want
> to tag entire threads.

That's a legitimate point.

But my point is that whatever behavior we choose here, I want the
commands that operate on a single thread (+, -, a) to operate exactly
the same as the command that operates on all threads (*). Having these
behave subtly different, (as in the current patch) is going to lead to
confusion on the part of the user.

So, tagging only matching messages could make a lot of sense. If so,
let's make the operations on single threads work the same.

The race-condition issues apply to both operations, so I won't make the
current patch block on resolving those.


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