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Re: [vox-tech] tags with mutt
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Re: [vox-tech] tags with mutt

On Sat, 2009-04-18 at 17:46 -0400, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> FireFox and GMail have sort-of recently (past year) converted me from the
> directory paradigm to the tag paradigm.
> Is there a way to use tags with email and mutt?
> I might be able to roll my own system if there's a convenient way to add a
> header line to the email (I'd rather not do control-E and hand write the
> header line -- after all, tagging is to increase efficiency/convenience).
> Is there a way to maybe type control-t, then type something like
> "linux,email,tags" and have the header
>    X-tags: linux, email, tags
> added to the headers?
> Then when I delete, I can probably use some kind of hook to save the
> email-to-be-deleted to a backup file.
> Maybe an email tagged as "spam" could be auto-fed into bogofilter and
> deleted without backing it up...

http://madduck.net/blog/2006.09.08:mutt-tagging/ discusses this problem.
He hasn't found a perfect solution yet, but he says that
http://www.steve.org.uk/Software/mutt-tagging/ comes close.

I think an even better solution might be to create a LUFS filesystem to
expose a single mail directory as a collection of directories
representing tags, and to propagate updates automatically, but I don't
care enough to build such a thing. The plus side of this solution would
be that it would work with any mail client, and you could even expose
the results via an IMAP server.


Chanoch (Ken) Bloom. PhD candidate. Linguistic Cognition Laboratory.
Department of Computer Science. Illinois Institute of Technology.

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