Re: Deduplication ?

Subject: Re: Deduplication ?

Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:51:01 +0100

To: Vladimir Marek,


From: Mark Walters

Vladimir Marek <> writes:

> Hi,
> I want to import bigger chunk of archived messages into my notmuch
> database. It's about 100k messages. The problem is, that I most probably
> have quite a lot of those messages in the DB. Basically I would like to
> add only those I don't have already.
> There are two possibilities
> a) I will add all the 100k messages and then remove the duplicities.
> b) I will write a script which will parse the message ID's of the
>    to-be-added messages and try to match them to the notmuch DB. Adding
>    only files I can't find already.
> Ad b) might be better option, but I started to play with the idea of
> deduplication. I'm thinking about listing all the message IDs stored in
> DB, listing all files belonging to the IDs and deleting all but one.
> Also I'm thinking about implementing some simple algorithm telling me
> whether the messages are really very similar. Just to be sure I don't
> delete something I don't want to.
> Was anyone playing with the idea?

I am not sure what your use case is but notmuch automatically
deduplicates: that is if the message-id is one it has already seen no
further indexing takes place. The only thing that happens is the new
filename gets added to the list of filenames for the message.

Thus importing should be almost as fast as if the message were not
there, and the database should be almost identical to what you would get
if you only imported the genuine new messages.

If you want to save disk space then you could delete the duplicates
after with something like

notmuch search --output=files --format=text0 --duplicate=2 '*' piped to
xargs -0

(but please test it carefully first!)

I would think something like this is better than trying to parse the
message-ids yourself.

Best wishes


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> 	Vlad
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