why an SQL Database? (was: Re: Linux Wish List ( Email Client ))

Caleb Marcus caleb.marcus at gmail.com
Sat Nov 24 16:45:04 UTC 2007

On Sat, 2007-11-24 at 15:32 +0100, M. Fioretti wrote:

> that may simply mean that _your_ own use of your email archives doesn't
> need it.
> What are the alternatives to find quickly, straight from the mail
> client, things like "all the messages of all the threads about
> OpenDocument, on several mailing lists, where Y replied to messages
> which _I_ sent into those same threads" in an archive of ~10**5
> messages? I do need answers to this or even more complicated queries
> pretty often and will need to do something about it sooner or
> later. And this should be independent from the email client I am using
> or testing in any given moment, locally or remotely.
> From what I've read, the only thing that comes close to this is some
> kind of relational database which can build virtual folders on the
> fly. Which in practice, means using dbmail ( http://www.dbmail.org/ )
> if there are other solutions to search mail with the same flexibility,
> I'm very interested to hear them. I know about mairix, but last time I
> checked I understood it simply couldn't do anything complex like the
> example above.
> Ciao,
> 	Marco

Actually, you might be able to do filters or virtual folders ("Search
Folders") with Evolution.
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