i do not have INBOX

Brian Sniffen bts at evenmere.org
Fri Jan 20 07:48:07 PST 2017

David Bremner <david at tethera.net> writes:

> David Belohrad <david at belohrad.ch> writes:
>> my directory does not contain INBOX, as inside the Maildir folder is
>> directly /cur, /new, /tmp. How do I search in this particular one?
> Quoting notmuch-search-terms(7)
>        The  exact  syntax for maildir folders depends on your mail configura‐
>        tion. For maildir++, folder:"" matches the inbox folder (which is  the
>        root  in  maildir++),  other  folder  names always start with ".", and
>        nested folders are separated by "."s, such  as  folder:.classes.topol‐
>        ogy.  For  "file  system" maildir, the inbox is typically folder:INBOX
>        and   nested   folders   are   separated   by   slashes,    such    as
>        folder:classes/topology.
>> The question is related to usage of 'afew' to move all mails which
>> have 'deleted' tag into Trash folder (which I have under .Trash)
> Hopefully the above is enough to help you formulate the right query.
> You probably also want the options --format=text0 and --output=files for
> notmuch search.

The next paragraph of that man page has an important warning for anyone
planning on re-arranging files based on the results of notmuch:

       Both path: and folder: will find a message if any copy of that
       message  is  in  the specific directory/folder.

It's important to filter the names (e.g., `notmuch ...|grep -Fzv
/.|xargs -Ifoo mv foo $MAILDIR/.Trash/cur/`) before relying on them.


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