On Sun, 22 Nov 2009 00:21:19 +0100, Jed Brown <jed at 59A2.org> wrote: > On Sun, 22 Nov 2009 00:07:57 +0100, Carl Worth <cworth at cworth.org> wrote: > > One thing we'll still have to think about is how to remove the "virtual > > tags" from the completion list, (once we have virtual tags in the > > configuration file---that is, tags applied automatically based on search > > specifications). > > Do these need to be real tags? Would it be sufficient for them to just > be aliases for search patterns? I think I would prefer the latter > because I could modify the pattern and not have to rewrite tags to the > whole database. Maybe real tags are needed to optimize expensive > patterns, but I wouldn't think the user needs to know about that.
They are conceptually just aliases for search patterns, yes. But when I'm working with my mail I think I want them be accessible in an identical way to tags I apply manually. That is I want to be able to search for "tag:foo" and filter the current search view on the "bar" tag without having to remember to distinguish as a users whether "foo" or "bar" is a tag or an "aliased search term". As for your concerns, tag updates are going to be made really fast, (we just *have* to fix that bug, and soon), so I don't think there's going to be any problem with updating these rules and having to update the state in the database. -Carl