mutt indexing (was Re: Orca & tbird issues)

Tim Chase blinux.list at
Fri Nov 11 21:36:08 UTC 2016

On November 11, 2016, Joel Roth wrote:
> I was put off the built-in searching by the slowness of my
> spinning rust media at the time. Having SSD could help,
> as well as learning the syntax ;-)

I've used "notmuch" as my external indexer.  While the initial
indexing can take a while (and a bit of time updating the index
to integrate new mail), subsequent searching is blindingly fast.

There's a mutt integration that creates a virtual Maildir box into
which searches link all their results.  The syntax is pretty easy to
pick up, and has full boolean-query support as well as limiting terms
to particular locations (headers or the body, as well as tags).

I like it enough that I've been trying to migrate to "alot" which is
notmuch-specific mail interface.  The search and tagging feels like
the power of Google while keeping the mail-store local.


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