Searching for an Exact Email Address
david at tethera.net
Sun Feb 2 09:00:52 PST 2020
Kevin Foley <kevin at kevinjfoley.me> writes:
> David Bremner <david at tethera.net> writes:
>> 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 email.com"' and to:"example at email.com" end up parsed the
>> same way, so I guess the problem is elsewhere.
> I should have mentioned that I tried using NOTMUCH_DEBUG_QUERY with many
> different quoting variations and kept getting the same final query:
> Query((Tmail AND (XTOexample at 1 PHRASE 3 XTOemail at 2 PHRASE 3 XTOcom at 3)))
> It looks like the punctuation is being stripped; I get the same final
> query for `notmuch search 'to:"example email com"'`. Is this the
> expected behavior?
Yes, that's how phrases work.
> I tried this as well but per notmuch-search-terms(7) it looks like regex
> isn't supported for the "to" field.
Ah right. it's really an implimentation quirk that that From: addresses
are stored in the form needed for regex searching.
> Also as a side note, I don't think the quoting is necessary as per the
> "searching" documentation , "... e-mail addresses are also treated as
Quoting is certainly necessary for phrases containing spaces, but yes,
as documented phrases can also be built with punctuation.
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