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Re: nnmaildir vs nnimap (dovecot@localhost)

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: nnmaildir vs nnimap (dovecot@localhost)
Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:35:38 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

wgreenhouse <> writes:

> Hi,
> Saša Janiška <> writes:
>> Since I like notmuch's query capabilities, I wonder if I can keep using
>> it along with nnimap/dovecot?
>> Any other pro/cons?
> You would need to set up notmuch to point to dovecot's directory where
> the mail is being stored (~/.mail in my shell provider's setup,
> apparently). In Gnus, you must also customize
> `nnir-notmuch-remove-prefix' to the same directory. Also, notmuch must
> be using one of the backends that adhreres to a "one-message, one-file"
> paradigm (notmuch is not compatible with mbox, for example, but dovecot
> is).

In my experience, this doesn't work because notmuch returns filenames as
search results, and nnimap requires article UIDs to actually fetch the
articles, and there's no mapping between the two. All this is hazy to
me, and I would be happy to be proven wrong!

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