emacs/notmuch helper scripts

Date: 2020-10-28

modDate: 2021-11-03

tags: emacs notmuch

How to delete and move email

Notmuch only indexes emails. They don’t modify any of your email in your Maildir folders.

This is mostly copied from other sites. However I am using OpenBSD and don’t have the GNU mv command with the -t flag to make life easy with the xargs command.

Edit: When I implemented emacs/notmuch helper scripts part II I had removed the “deleted” tag, since I wasn’t using it. By default notmuch will ignore any messages with this flag in a search. One thing I didn’t realize was this flag helps you visualize which messages are deleted in a thread with a lot of messages. I was just relying on the message residing in the Trash folder.

My emacs script now looks like:

(define-key notmuch-show-mode-map "d"
  (lambda ()
    "toggle deleted tag for message"
    (if (member "move:trash" (notmuch-show-get-tags))
        (notmuch-show-tag (list "-move:trash" "-deleted"))
      (notmuch-show-tag (list "+move:trash" "+deleted" "-inbox" "-unread")))))

(define-key notmuch-search-mode-map "d"
  (lambda ()
    "toggle deleted tag for message"
    (if (member "move:trash" (notmuch-search-get-tags))
        (notmuch-search-tag (list "-move:trash" "-deleted"))
      (notmuch-search-tag (list "+move:trash" "+deleted" "-inbox" "-unread")))))

My shell scripts look like:


/usr/local/bin/notmuch search --format=text0 --output=files "tag:deleted and not folder:Trash" | xargs -n1 -0 -r -t ~/bin/my_mv.sh ~/Maildir/Trash/cur/.

/usr/local/bin/notmuch new


mv "$2" "$1"

Then after my Maildir sync program runs the message will be removed from the folder.

This can also be adopted to moving a message from one folder to another.