Re: Reply inline in notmuch-show buffer, "mu4e-conversation style"

Subject: Re: Reply inline in notmuch-show buffer, "mu4e-conversation style"

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2019 12:53:59 +0200

To: David Edmondson,


From: Pierre Neidhardt

David Edmondson <> writes:

> I couldn't figure out when I'd want to use this, as yanking text from
> the existing notmuch-show buffer seems straightforward.

You want it once you try it :)

> Maybe something akin to gnus-dired-mode would be interesting - it would
> be used in notmuch-show mode and yank selected text into the current
> message-mode buffer (including quoting).

That could work too.  We might have to store the name of the composition
buffer in a variable that's buffer-local to the notmuch-show buffer, so
that Notmuch does not get confused when composing several emails at the
same time.

Having a conversation area in the same buffer has
some benefits though:

- Less key presses to start composing.
- No need to play with buffers to display both the thread and the composition.
- The above problem disappears, there is no need to manually keep a
  relation ship between 2 buffers since there is only one buffer.

With this workflow however, we don't need to cite the previous email
when composing.  So it'd be nice to have an option to discard the
citation (I think it is a nice option in general).

This could be done with `notmuch-mua-cite-function', or, maybe better,
have a dedicated option so that `notmuch-mua-reply' does not include the
citation in the first place.


Pierre Neidhardt
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