Re: find threads where I and Jian participated but not Dave

Subject: Re: find threads where I and Jian participated but not Dave

Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:30:54 -0400

To: Matt Armstrong, Gaute Hope, David Bremner,, Xu Wang


From: Daniel Kahn Gillmor

On Wed 2017-06-21 13:04:53 -0700, Matt Armstrong wrote:
> For what it is worth, I've found this idea from Daniel intriguing and
> pretty useful in practice:
>   "show me threads in which i've participated, where there are some
>    messages flagged with 'inbox'"
> I implement it like this in my post-new hook:
>     # All messages in threads in which I participate get tag:participated
>     notmuch search --output=threads from:marmstrong | \
>       sed -e 's,^,+participated -- ,' | \
>       notmuch tag --batch

cool, thx for the suggestion.

the "notmuch search" part of the pipeline alone takes ~19s (wall time,
and actual CPU time) for me though :/  It returns 30504 threads!  how
many threads do you get?

you're effectively re-tagging every single message in every participated
thread every time you run "notmuch new", right?

> On my database the query takes about two seconds to run, and lets me to
> searches like "tag:inbox and tag:participated".  The set of threads
> found is typically a subset of "tag:inbox and to:marmstrong", but not
> always, and I now have two canned "inbox" searches:
>   "participated" -> "tag:inbox and tag:participated"
>   "me" -> "tag:inbox and to:marmstrong and not tag:participated"
> The "me" search tends to be new stuff, bot-generated notifications, and
> such.  The "participated" is typically active conversations and stuff
> I've already engaged with, or initiated myself.

I like this outcome!  I'm just looking for a way to do it that wouldn't
cost me so many cycles -- Maybe if i only run "notmuch new" once a day

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