Created 27 Nov 2008 at 09:12 UTC by djcb.Homepage: http://www.djcbsoftware.nl/code/mu
E-mail is the 'flow' in the work flow of many people. Consequently, one spends a lot of time searching for old e-mails, to dig up some important piece of information. With people having tens of thousands of e-mails (or more), this is becoming harder and harder. How to find that one e-mail in an evergrowing haystack? Enter mu. 'mu' is a set of command-line tools for Linux/Unix that enable you to quickly find the e-mails you are looking for. First, a tool called mu-index fills a database with information about all your e-mails. After that, you can easily search for them, using mu-find and its dedicated query language. For example: # get smith's mails with attachments from the last few weeks $ mu-find f:firstname.lastname@example.org d:1m- F:a # get the mails mentioning some book on a mailing list $ mu-find x:'Fall of Hyperion' M:'BookClub' The way to express the searches is a bit cryptic at first, but easy to learn (in the author's humble opinion); the mu-find manpage discusses syntax and usage, and has lots of examples.
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