how do i split my email view (AKA I got a new job)

Jeremy Nickurak not-much at
Sun Mar 10 11:36:39 PDT 2019

If it were me, I'd be looking to do something to automatically use a
different configuration at different times of the week. One config would
look like whatever your configuration is, while the other would include the
'work' tag in your 'exclude_tags=' options, so your work email would be
invisible unless you explicitly went looking for it.

Off the top of my head, you could have 2 config files (automatically
created maybe), and you could either tweak the NOTMUCH_CONFIG environment
variable or a --config= option to select one or the other. You could also
look into emacs automation to change the notmuch-command variable to select
one configuration or the other.

On Sun, Mar 10, 2019 at 10:19 AM Antoine Beaupré <anarcat at>

> Hello!
> So I got a new job, and that means I have a new email address that
> forwards to my regular mail spool. *Normally*, all that junk should end
> up in a separate folder so I am tagging it all as "+work" (there are
> quite a few corner cases which I handle individually, but from here on
> we can assume there's a single tag to identify all that mail).
> How do I stay sane during the weekends? There's a *lot* of junk coming
> in that's polluting my "notmuch-hello" view. Here's a "screenshot":
>    Welcome to notmuch. You have 188 359 messages.
> Saved searches: [edit]
>           67 inbox        259 sent           3 drafts         2 todo
> Search:
>            .
> All tags: [hide]
>            1 attachment               27 logwatch                  3
> work-project
>           72 commit                   13 nagios                    9
> work-admin
>           17 cron                    124 rapports                  3 trac
>           16 lists                   147 work                    151 unread
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> How can I make that "All tags" junk disappear? Or, more specifically,
> how do I make it ignore that crowded "work" tag? Bonus points for
> flipping back and forth outside of business hours and weekends. :)
> I know I can make a billion saved searches to cover for all those
> cases. But so far I've used a technique where I tag messages instead of
> doing saved searches and it serves me well.
> Thanks!
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