Thanks for starting discussion on the matter. Do feel free to tell me if
I have the completely wrong idea about project goals.

On Sun, 04 Jul 2021 11:38:45 -0300, David Bremner <da...@tethera.net> wrote:
> This is not really directed at Hannu, but at the notmuch community. As
> you can imagine I'm not super enthusiastic an every growing number of
> output formats to maintain.

I can appreciate that. I've maintained open source software before and I
know people come up with the weirdest feature requests that simply don't
fit the scenario I'm building the software for. If this text format that
I personally like to use isn't good for the project, it definitely
should not be merged.

What do you see as the mission statement for notmuch-cli? I'd like to
make it ergonomic enough to be usable without a MUA, and it's really
close already. But if notmuch-cli is meant to be something completely
different I might just have my own set of patches or consider starting
my own project.

> One thing the old format did not do, but a generically useful on the
> command-line format probably should is deal with signature verification
> and decryption. There is obviously potential for visual spoofing, but
> maybe color can help.

I'm pretty sure you can embed ANSI escapes in email and
they'll be displayed by `notmuch show` as color in a typical terminal.
Not sure if anyone should be worried about attacks specifically against
notmuch users, though.

> In my experience, notmuch show --format=raw works pretty well
> for this. There was an issue with encoded line endings but that is fixed
> in git 2.32. What advantage does this new format bring for patches?

--format=pretty is not any better than --format=raw for use with git-am
but the point is that it's as good. I have the shell alias ns="notmuch
show --format=pretty" and I can use something like `ns tag:unread` for
reading and `ns id:some-id | git am` for applying patches. I personally
really, really like simple things that work for multiple purposes.

For human consumption the pretty format is nicer than the raw format,
and it also supports showing multiple messages.

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