Unexpected output of "notmuch new --quiet"

David Bremner david at tethera.net
Fri Apr 19 16:28:32 PDT 2019

Daniel Kahn Gillmor <dkg at fifthhorseman.net> writes:

> I've personally done the (maybe bad) thing where i just drop a folder
> full of RFC5322 .eml files anywhere inside my message store and run
> "notmuch new" to ingest them.  I'd be sad if those files went away, but
> perhaps you're right that we should only be looking at are things within
> any cur/ and new/ subfolders within the message archive.

notmuch(1) is on your side:

       The mail directory you specify can contain any number of
       sub-directories and should primarily contain only files with
       individual email messages (eg. maildir or mh archives are
       perfect). If there are other, non-email files (such as indexes
       maintained by other email programs) then notmuch will do its best
       to detect those and ignore them.

I guess my initial reaction is that the tradeoff discussed here (less
functionality for better/fewer warnings) doesn't seem great.


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