Add (extracted) attachment text to the search index?
still.another.person at gmail.com
Wed Mar 1 14:45:18 PST 2017
On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 4:55 AM, Steven Allen <steven at stebalien.com> wrote:
> David Bremner <david at tethera.net> writes:
> > This would require some modifications of notmuch. Either modifying
> > lib/index.cc to add the terms at indexing (notmuch new/insert) time, or
> > providing some way of adding the terms later. The former actually sounds
> > simpler to me.
> To do this correctly, you'd want to be able to run an external text
> extraction tool (for PDFs, word documents, etc.) so I think the latter
> would be better in the long run (it would allow the user to index
> attachments in the hooks).
(As a non-dev...) I agree. The ability to add (and delete!) content
post-insert sounds more desirable. I don't want to have to re-index all my
email as the next version of <horrible-binary-object>-to-text gets
released. I'd like to be able to (search-for-attachment)-(delete)-(re-add).
I was thinking a really hacky solution would be fake up a new email with
the same headers but body being the attachment text, doing a notmuch
new/insert and then replacing the file on disk of the new email with a link
to the original message (not sure if that will trigger notmuch new, I don't
think so). Doesn't feel robust, but...
What do ya reckon?
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