Re: notmuch-search not excluding excluded tags

Subject: Re: notmuch-search not excluding excluded tags

Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2024 12:00:09 -0700

To: David Bremner


From: Richard H. Stanton

Thanks, David.

It all seems to be working fine on my work machine! 

I can’t decide if that’s good or bad news… I suspect it’ll take me longer to track down what’s going on than if the behavior were consistent on my two machines.

> On Apr 16, 2024, at 7:23 AM, David Bremner <> wrote:
> Richard Stanton <> writes:
>> I have spam and trash defined as excluded tags for notmuch searches and when I run (at the command line) the command
>> notmuch search tag:unread
>> I get a list of unread messages that does *not* include unread spam or trash emails. But when I put the following into my *scratch* buffer and execute it:
>> (notmuch-search “tag:unread”)
>> I now get ALL unread messages, including those tagged as spam or trash. Am I missing something?
> Hi Richard;
> As for as I know it _should_ work (modulo the curly quotes being invalid
> syntax). I don't have any real hypothesis for what is going wrong, but a
> few ideas for gather data.
> 1) As a start, maybe try evaluating
>        (notmuch-config-get "search.exclude_tags")
> in emacs and make sure it matches the corresponding
>   notmuch config get search.exclude_tags
> 2) If possible, run notmuch with a minimal configuration (i.e. just loading
> notmuch, no personal configuration or other packages). There is a script
> ./devel/try-emacs-mua in the source if you have a self-built notmuch.

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