On Mon 2019-06-10 14:55:48 +0200, VA wrote: > Le 09/06/2019 à 21:58, Daniel Kahn Gillmor a écrit : >> We do expose this functionality in the library, so it's not the end of >> the world to expose it in the python bindings, but i do worry a little >> bit about encouraging people to fiddle with markers set by the indexer. > > Conflicts could be easily avoided by recommending a prefix like > "x-<project>-" to property names (see link below).
That makes sense -- we'd also want to encourage projects to note their project name someplace central; having a namespace registry helps to avoid collisions, and also helps to advertise the projects that derive from notmuch :) maybe update the wiki for that? That said, if a given property is concretely useful, i don't want to have it languish permanently in the x-<project>- namespace, or to force users to adopt that particular MUA to use it -- i'd like to make it available to all the notmuch-derived mail user agents. Maybe that happens only when the feature gets added to libnotmuch itself? How do we incentivize projects into getting that kind of widely-useful feature into the libnotmuch mainstream instead of having it as a differentiating factor for their specific MUA? how should we think about managing these parts of the ecosystem? > I'm writing a MUA, and am using properties to store an excerpt of each > message, so the MUA can show a preview of each message (like the Gmail > web app, or Apple mail client). cool, this sounds super useful. if you have a chance to write up how you're generating/selecting this extract, i'd love to read more. > Some pleople recently suggested sync info or other MUA metadata: > https://notmuchmail.org/pipermail/notmuch/2019/027403.html Thanks for the pointer, i'd missed that thread back in February. I agree that there's sufficient interest to take this use case more seriously. > I took the documentation from notmuch.h but only edited to be consistent > with Python. Those warnings should also be added in notmuch.h, right? Yeah, that's probably a good idea. Is it asking too much to ask you to update notmuch.h as well when you resubmit this series? Thanks for helping make notmuch better! --dkg
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