mu

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A collection of utilities for maildirs

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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:smith@example.com 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.

Periodically, you can do a quick update of database by running mu-index again. You can combine mu searching with your existing e-mail program (e.g. mutt); the mu documentation has the details.

mu is free software released under GPLv3, that runs on Unix/Linux-based systems, and combines the power of the SQLite database and the Xapian text indexing engine. Important: for mu to work, your mails must be stored in a set of maildirs

For a practical introduction, there is a short HOWTO which might be helpful. For technical discussion, the author's blog might be interesting, as it goes through various aspects of designing and implementing mu.
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