From: David Bremner <brem...@unb.ca>

Initially this file provides one main function
notmuch-query-get-threads, which takes a set of search terms, and
returns a parsed set of matching threads as a lisp data structure.

A set of notmuch-query-map-* functions are provided to help map
functions over the data structure.

The function notmuch-query-get-message-ids uses this machinery to get
the set of message-ids matching a query.

This patch relies on the json patch of
<1261141195-5469-1-git-send-email-david at tethera.net> and the argument
parsing patch 1261234524-25522-2-git-send-email-david at tethera.net,
although the latter would be trivial to avoid, by replace --format
with --output in the file.
---

This patch is the start of a new emacs api built on top of the json
output.  It roughly mimics the notion of returning lists of messages
and traversing them as used in the C code.  If nothing else, the
docstring for notmuch-query-get-threads provides some documentation
explaining the structure of the json output by Scott's patch.

I'd be interested if people who have extremely large threads find it
annoyingly slow.  The plan (subject to change as always) is to allow
the api functions (currently only notmuch-query-get-message-ids) to
pass options to the invokation of "notmuch show" to trim down the json
output (i.e. omit message bodies). The parsing and traversal code
should all unaffected by this change. In theory.

I didn't know if you (Carl) want to do copyright assignment, or just
the GPL license headers are enough. I don't mind pretty much any
variation.

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+; notmuch.el --- run notmuch within emacs
+;
+; Copyright ?? David Bremner
+;
+; This file is part of Notmuch.
+;
+; Notmuch is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it
+; under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+; the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
+; (at your option) any later version.
+;
+; Notmuch is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
+; WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+; MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU
+; General Public License for more details.
+;
+; You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+; along with Notmuch.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
+;
+; Authors: David Bremner <david at tethera.net>
+
+(require 'json)
+
+(defun notmuch-query-get-threads (search-terms &rest options)
+  "Return a list of threads of messages matching SEARCH-TERMS. 
+
+A thread is a forest or list of trees. A tree is a two element
+list where the first element is a message, and the second element
+is a possibly empty forest of replies.
+"
+  (let  ((args (append '("show" "--format=json") search-terms))
+        (json-object-type 'plist)
+        (json-array-type 'list)
+        (json-false 'nil))
+    (with-temp-buffer 
+      (progn 
+       (apply 'call-process (append (list notmuch-command nil t nil) args))
+       (goto-char (point-min))
+       (json-read)))))
+
+;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
+;; Mapping functions across collections of messages.
+
+(defun notmuch-query-map-aux  (mapper function seq)
+  "private function to do the actual mapping and flattening"
+
+  (apply 'append 
+        (mapcar 
+          (lambda (tree) 
+            (funcall mapper fn tree))
+          seq)))
+
+
+(defun notmuch-query-map-threads (fn threads)
+  "apply FN to every thread in  THREADS. Flatten results to a list.
+
+See the function notmuch-query-get-threads for more information."
+
+  (notmuch-query-map-aux 'notmuch-query-map-forest fn threads))
+
+
+(defun notmuch-query-map-forest (fn forest)
+  "apply function to every message in a forest. Flatten results to a list.
+
+See the function notmuch-query-get-threads for more information.
+"
+
+  (notmuch-query-map-aux 'notmuch-query-map-tree fn forest))
+
+
+(defun notmuch-query-map-tree (fn tree)
+  "Apply function FN to every message in TREE. Flatten results to a list
+
+See the function notmuch-query-get-threads for more information."
+
+  (cons (funcall fn (car tree)) (notmuch-query-map-forest fn (cadr tree))))
+
+
+;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
+;; Predefined queries
+
+(defun notmuch-query-get-message-ids (search-terms)
+  "Return a list of message-ids of messages that match SEARCH-TERMS"
+
+  (notmuch-query-map-threads 
+   (lambda (msg) (plist-get msg :id))
+   (notmuch-query-get-threads search-terms)))
+    
+(provide 'notmuch-query)
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