Searching for an Exact Email Address

David Bremner david at
Sun Feb 2 04:17:31 PST 2020

Teemu Likonen <tlikonen at> writes:

> The shell built-in "set" is useful for testing parameters:
>     $ set -- to:"example at" to:\"example at\"
>     $ printf '%s\n' "$@"
>     to:example at
>     to:"example at"

Also useful is setting NOTMUCH_DEBUG_QUERY in the environment. This will
show the parsed Xapian query. In my case this shows both
'to:"example at"' and to:"example at" end up parsed the
same way, so I guess the problem is elsewhere.  Maybe you can try it
with your actual query.


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