Address lookup tool for Notmuch in C using GLib and libnotmuch

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README.md

Notmuch Address Lookup tool — in C

This is an address lookup tool similar to the addrlookup one found in the (apparently unmaintained) Vala Notmuch binding, using the Notmuch database as source.

The one and only feature is accepting a string as first argument, and it will use the Notmuch database to output the names and e-mail addresses of the people you have exchanged e-mails with, most used ones first. This works neatly as address completer for the Notmuch Emacs interface.

One more thing: I plan to keep the tool up-to-date when new Notmuch releases change the API of the library. Precisely the reasons why this small project was started are:

  • The Go implementation included with Notmuch insists in outputting all the text in lowercase. Plus, requires a working Go development setup to build it.
  • There used to be similar tools included with Notmuch, written in Vala and Python, but they have been removed due to lack of maintenance.

notmuch address

Starting with version 0.19 a new notmuch address subcommand is available, which can be used to search for e-mail addresses as well. While similar, notmuch-addrlookup-c may still be preferred because:

  • The output format can be set to Mutt-compatible, which many existing tools know how to handle.

  • It automatically searches for addresses in the To:, Cc:, Bcc:, and From: message headers, and sorts them out by most frequently seen. This usually renders more relevant results.

Building

Make sure you have the following installed, plus their development packages:

  • libnotmuch — Included with Notmuch.
  • GLib — It is a dependency of Notmuch as well.
  • pkg-config
  • GNU Make and a working C compiler.

Then just build and install it:

make
sudo cp notmuch-addrlookup /usr/local/bin

Using

You can check that the program works by invoking from a shell. The only argument it takes is a string, which is searched for in the e-mail addresses contained in the headers of the messages indexed by Notmuch. Example output (names and addresses are not real):

% notmuch-addrlookup peter
Peter Jones <peter@jonesfamily.com>
John Peters <john.peters@gmail.com>
Peter Tosh <gimmesome@reggaemusic.net>
Noren Petersen <norenp@no.se>
%

Emacs UI

The Emacs Notmuch UI can be configured to use the tool for completing addresses when composing.

Mutt

The Mutt UA can be configured to use notmuch-addrlookup by setting the following options:

set query_command="notmuch-addrlookup --mutt '%s'"

alot

The alot MUA can be configured to use notmuch-addrlookup, using an [accounts] section in the configuration file similar to this:

[accounts]
  [[youraccountname]]
    realname = Your Name
    address = your@address.com
    ...
    [[[abook]]]
      type = shellcommand
      regexp = '^(?P<email>[^@]+@[^\t]+)\t+(?P<name>[^\t]+)'
      command = notmuch-addrlookup --mutt
      ignorecase = True

License

This software is distributed under the terms of the MIT license:

Copyright (c) 2014 Adrian Perez de Castro <aperez@igalia.com>

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