Hi notmuchers! :) I've done numerous attemps at making notmuch work across different machines in the past. (See below for the details.) The only thing missing now is the "inbox" tag synchronization. My use case is this: I mostly use this one machine all the time. I have a [notmuch-tag] script that sets a number of tags on messages depending on the folder they're in and so on, so most tags are actually static and basically shortcuts for saved searches.
Except the inbox tag: that tag is "floating" in the notmuch database and is not sync'd on the server, which means when i pickup that laptop for my next travel, i need to resync the whole notmuch database with notmuch dump / restore. That is error-prone and annoying, and obviously fails often because I don't regularly perform that sync. What I would like to see in notmuch would be a way for the inbox tag to be sync'd to the maildir storage. It could be an extra arbitrary flag in the maildir filenames. From what I can tell from the [maildir standard], there are 26 possible such such flags, with 6 formally defined: P (passed), R (replied), S (seen, mapped as unread), F (flagged), D (draft), T (trashed). The latter is not sync'd in notmuch, the others are sync'd if synchronized_tags is true (default) in the config file. I would propose using the `A` or `I` flag, and sync it with the `inbox` tag the same way the `S` flag is sync'd with the `unread` tag (ie. add the flag when `inbox` is removed). Ideally, we could let the user customize which flags are synchronized with which tags in the configuration file. Given the limitations of the config file format (ini-style), I'm not sure how that could be implemented. Also note that certain IMAP servers treat non-standard flags as IMAP keywords. [Dovecot], in particular, allows users to modify those mappings by editing the `dovecot-keywords` file. In my local configuration, where I have not manually edited that file, its contents are: 0 Junk 1 NonJunk 2 $Forwarded This is presumably something that Thunderbird did at some point, or it could be the default Dovecot configuration. So this may mean letters, `A-C` are already taken, which means there could be interoperability issues with using `A`: it could mean we tag all inbox messages as junk! In this case, the `I` flag may be more appropriate (with a meaning the opposite of `A`, ie. sync'd directly with the inbox tag). Since there is a considerable range of foot-shooting potential here, it may be better to just add an extra flag without allowing users to customize the flags on their own. But I like the idea of allowing that flexibility: it could fix a bunch of other use cases (like deleting mail and syncing junk flags as well). Anyone else working on this? Ideas of how this could be implemented? Some more historical context follows... My first attempt was a very old patch (2011!) to add resume support in Notmuch - something that thankfully landed 6 years later: 1310808075-787-1-git-send-email-anar...@koumbit.org My second attempt was the synchronization of the "deleted" tag to the T (trashed) IMAP/maildir flag (~2012): 1310874973-28437-1-git-send-email-anar...@koumbit.org That also failed and I ended up setting up a [script] to delete messages tagged "deleted" automatically. The script also synchronizes ham/spam flags. Finally, I have also experimented with [muchsync] but that basically failed for me: the thing would just run out of ram and fail to synchronize tags. : https://gitlab.com/anarcat/scripts/blob/master/notmuch-tag : https://cr.yp.to/proto/maildir.html : https://gitlab.com/anarcat/scripts/blob/master/notmuch-purge : https://wiki2.dovecot.org/MailboxFormat/Maildir#IMAP_keywords : http://www.muchsync.org/ Thanks for any feedback! -- Blind respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. - Albert Einstein _______________________________________________ notmuch mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org https://notmuchmail.org/mailman/listinfo/notmuch