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Re: gnus and namazu, glimpse, swish-e or swish++ ?

From: Michael Piotrowski
Subject: Re: gnus and namazu, glimpse, swish-e or swish++ ?
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 18:58:19 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110006 (No Gnus v0.6) XEmacs/21.4.19 (berkeley-unix)

On 2006-07-17 John Sullivan <> wrote:

> But, for mail searching, if you are using maildir, check out mairix. I
> haven't looked at integrating it into emacs yet, but it builds a
> maildir folder containing links to the matching messages, which you
> can then browse in Gnus. I can't believe how fast it searches -- it's
> unreal.

Very true!  The indexing is also *very* fast.

I'm using a very simple "integration" into Gnus (I'm using nnml for
normal mail and nnfolder for archive groups).  I created a directory
~/Mail/search-results and put the following in ~/.mairixrc:


I then added ~/Mail/search-results as a foreign nnmh group in Gnus (I
also made it "permanently visible" so that it's easier to find).  For
searching I simply use something like

  M-! mairix f:larsi RET g

in the Group buffer and I can then browse the results in the
search-results group.

The only minor annoyances are that I have to press g to update the
group before entering it the first time and that the message counts
are (understandably) *way* off.  Apart from that I'm very satisfied
with this setup: It's easy, fast, and transparent.

Michael Piotrowski, M.A.                               <>
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