Amul Shah on 19 Sep 2016 18:39:34 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Notmuchmail: was Top-posting (was: Replacement mailing list idea)

> On Sep 19, 2016, at 6:25 PM, Steve Litt <> wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:30:36 -0400
> Christopher Barry <> wrote:
> While I have not read it all, it
>> looks pretty interesting.
> This would be spectacular if I could get notmuchmail's maildir to
> overlay Dovecot's maildir, without in any way changing Dovecot's
> maildir. Detailed search results at your fingertips.
> Claws-mail has outstanding search facilities, but I'm always looking
> for even better ones.

At $WORK, our mailing list history is served up via Dovecot so that we can access old mail via any mail client (a mix of Thunderbird, Outlook and alpine/mutt). Dovecot can be configured to use Solr/Lucene ( and we have done so, but the performance is so-so.

I use mairix,, to search from the command line with the results symlinked into a maildir folder. This kind of searching works well whether I’m using Thunderbird or alpine. By default search queries are dumped into one maildir folder. IIRC you can direct mairix to more than one folder, but I’ve never needed to. The only care and feeding is a nightly cron job to re-index. mairix searches on word boundaries so it’s not nearly as flexible as I would like, but it gets the job done.

It seems someone has built a notmuch utility called notmuchfs which creates a VFS of maildirs from queries. If you do use this, please post about it.


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