proposing "notmuch purge"

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Tue Jan 14 15:24:43 PST 2020

On Wed 2020-01-15 09:59:14 +1100, Brian May wrote:
> Daniel Kahn Gillmor <dkg at> writes:
>> So i'm proposing "notmuch purge", which could be something as simple as
>> the equivalent of:
> I can't help think it will only be a matter of time before somebody
> mistypes the search spec and accidentally deletes all their mail...
> Of course, this won't be a drama, because said user will revert to
> up-to-date backup, created just before manually entering risky command,
> right? ;-)

I agree that's a risk, which is why (further downthread) i am finding
myself liking the idea of omitting the search terms argument entirely,
in favor of a very rigid interface that allows only "notmuch purge" (no
arguments or options).

in id:87ftghiskv.fsf at, i wrote:

>> [with the rigid interface], there's less of a need to think
>> about providing the user with a warning if they ask to do something
>> really crazy like "notmuch purge '*'"

would that satisfy your fears?

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