Re: [PATCH] NEWS: News for my changes for 0.29

Subject: Re: [PATCH] NEWS: News for my changes for 0.29

Date: Sun, 26 May 2019 13:18:42 -0300



From: David Bremner

David Bremner <> writes:

> These are pretty terse overall, and could be expanded in future
> commits.
> ---
>  NEWS | 33 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>  1 file changed, 33 insertions(+)
> +
> +Add support for gzip compressed mail messages (/not/ mboxes);
> +e.g. `gzip -9 Maildir/cur/* && notmuch new" should work.
> +

I realized this example is problematic, since the maildir standard
includes the naming of files (and this also affects maildir flag syncing
in notmuch). Perhaps we should write something like "gzip -9
$MAIL/archive/big-file && notmuch new".

I just learned that dovecot supports a "Z" flag for compressed files
[1], so perhaps in future we could be compatible with that.

I guess whether this is worthwhile will depend on the user. The 481 files in
my mailstore with size at least 5M collectively occupy 3.9G and gzip
down to 2.7G. Of course deleting those files would be an even bigger
savings ;).

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