[PATCH 5/8] emacs: modify search tag functions to use new notmuch-tag interface

Jameson Graef Rollins jrollins at finestructure.net
Sat Apr 14 12:07:54 PDT 2012

On Mon, Apr 09 2012, Mark Walters <markwalters1009 at gmail.com> wrote:
> My only comment here is that I wonder about the tag-all command. I can
> see that this is a performance win over applying tag region to the whole
> buffer but is it another place where we have a race with incoming mail
> (ie we tag everything that now matches rather than everything in the
> buffer).

Yes, I think this is a problem.  notmuch-{search,show}-tag-all are both
subject to race conditions.  I suggest we remove notmuch-search-tag-all
in favor of the region tagging capabilities of notmuch-show-tag.  I will
submit a patch for that.  notmuch-show-tag-all is trickier, since there
no tag-by-region capability at the moment.  That will have to be added
before this function can be replaced.

> A second advantage with the tag-region form is that it automatically
> does excludes. Currently notmuch-tag does not do excludes as it looked
> very hairy to implement correctly: thus the tag-all command could spend
> a lot of time tagging excluded messages.

Actually, I don't think this is true, at least for search mode.  In
search mode threads are tagged by their thread id, therefore any
excluded messages in the thread will receive the same tagging

The current operation is at least, in my opinion, self consistent.  If
we're going to tag by thread then all messages in the thread should be
tagged, whether or not they're excluded.  I do think, however, that it
might be nice to add a tagging function that only tags the matching
messages in the thread.  In that case excluded messages would not be
tagged.  That's for future work, though.

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