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README
* OUTDATED *

* README

** What is muile?

  `muile' is a little experiment/toy using the equally experimental mu guile
  bindings, to be found in libmuguile/ in the top-level source directory.

  `guile'[1] is an interpreter/library for the Scheme programming language[2],
  specifically meant for extending other programs. It is, in fact, the
  official GNU language for doing so. 'muile' requires guile 2.x to get the full
  support.

  Older versions may not support e.g. the 'mu-stats.scm' things discussed below.

  The combination of mu + guile is called `muile', and allows you to write
  little Scheme-programs to query the mu-database, or inspect individual
  messages. It is still in an experimental stage, but useful already.

** How do I get it?

   The git-version and the future 0.9.7 version of mu will automatically build
   muile if you have guile. I've been using guile 2.x from git, but installing
   the 'guile-1.8-dev' package (Ubuntu/Debian) should do the trick. (I only did
   very minimal testing with guile 1.8 though).

   Then, configure mu. The configure output should tell you about whether guile
   was found (and where). If it's found, build mu, and toys/muile should be
   created, as well.

** What can I do with it?

   Go to toys/muile and start muile. You'll end up with a guile-shell where you
   can type scheme [1], it looks something like this (for guile 2.x):

   ,----
   | scheme@(guile-user)>
   `----

  Now, let's load a message (of course, replace with a message on your system):

   ,----
   | scheme@(guile-user)> (define msg (mu:msg:make-from-file "/home/djcb/Maildir/cur/12131e7b20a2:2,S"))
   `----

  This defines a variable 'msg', which holds some message on your file
  system. It's now easy to inspect this message:

   ,----
   | scheme@(guile-user)> (define msg (mu:msg:make-from-file "/home/djcb/Maildir/cur/12131e7b20a2:2,S"))
   `----

   Now, we can inspect this message a bit:
   ,----
   | scheme@(guile-user)> (mu:msg:subject msg)
   | $1 = "See me in bikini :-)"
   | scheme@(guile-user)> (mu:msg:flags msg)
   | $2 = (mu:attach mu:unread)
   `----

   and so on. Note, it's probably easiest to explore the various mu: methods
   using autocompletion; to enable that make sure you have


   ,----
   | (use-modules (ice-9 readline))
   | (activate-readline)
   `----

   in your ~/.guile configuration.

** does this tool have some parameters?

   Yes, there is --muhome to set a non-default place for the message database
   (see the documentation on --muhome in the mu-find manpage).

   And there is --msg=<path> where you specify some particular message file;
   it will be available as 'mu:current-msg' in the guile (muile) environment. For
   example:

   ,----
   | ./muile --msg=~/Maildir/inbox/cur/1311310172_1234:2,S
   |  [...]
   | scheme@(guile-user)> mu:current-msg
   | $1 = #<msg /home/djcb/Maildir/inbox/cur/1311310172_1234:2,S>
   | scheme@(guile-user)> (mu:msg:size mu:current-msg)
   | $2 = 7206
   `----

** What about searching messages in the database?

   That's easy, too - it does require a little more scheme knowledge. For
   searching messages there is the mu:store:for-each function, which takes two
   arguments; the first argument is a function that will be called for each
   message found. The optional second argument is the search expression (following
   'mu find' syntax); if don't provide the argument, all messages match.

   So how does this work in practice? Let's see I want to see the subject and
   sender for messages about milk:

   ,----
   | (mu:store:for-each (lambda(msg) (format #t "~s ~s\n" (mu:msg:from msg) (mu:msg:subject msg))) "milk")
   `----

   or slightly more readable:

   ,----
   | (mu:store:for-each
   |   (lambda(msg)
   |     (format #t "~s ~s\n" (mu:msg:from msg) (mu:msg:subject msg)))
   |   "milk")
   `----

   As you can see, I provide an anonymous ('lambda') function which will be
   called for each message matching 'milk'. Admittedly, this requires a bit of
   Scheme-knowledge... but this time is good as any to learn this nice
   language.


** Can I do some statistics on my messages?

   Yes you can. In fact, it's pretty easy. If you load (in the muile/ directory)
   the file 'mu-stats.scm':

   ,----
   | (load "mu-stats.scm")
   `----

   you'll get a bunch of functions (with names starting with 'mu:stats') to make
   this very easy. Let's see, suppose I want to see how many messages I get per
   weekday:

   ,----
   | scheme@(guile-user)> (mu:stats:per-weekday)
   | $1 = ((0 . 2255) (1 . 2788) (2 . 2868) (3 . 2599) (4 . 2629) (5 . 2287) (6 . 1851))
   `----

   Note, Sunday=0, Monday=1 and so on. Apparently, I get/send most of e-mail on
   Tuesdays, and least on Saturday.

   And note that mu:stats:per-weekdays takes an optional search expression
   argument, to limit the results to messages matching that, e.g., to only
   consider messages related to emacs during this year:

   ,----
   | scheme@(guile-user)> (mu:stats:per-weekday "emacs date:2011..now")
   | $8 = ((0 . 54) (1 . 22) (2 . 46) (3 . 47) (4 . 39) (5 . 54) (6 . 50))
   `----

   There's also 'mu:stats:per-month', 'mu:stats:per-year', 'mu:stats:per-hour'.
   I learnt that during 3-4am I sent/receive only about a third of what I sent
   during 11-12pm.

** What about getting the top-10 people in the To:-field?

   Easy.

   ,----
   |  scheme@(guile-user)> (mu:stats:top-n-to)
   |  $1 = ((("Abc" "myself@example.com") . 4465) (("Def" "somebodyelse@example.com") . 2114)
   |     (and so on)
   `----

   I've changed the names a bit to protect the innocent, but what the function
   does is return a list of pairs of

       (<name> <email>) . <frequency>

   descending in order of frequency. Note, 'mu:stats:top-n-to' takes two
   optional arguments - first the 'n' in top-n (default is 10), and seconds as
   search expression to limit the messages considered.

   There are also the functions 'mu:stats:top-n-subject' and
   'mu:stats:top-n-from' which do the same, mutatis mutandis, and it's quite
   easy to add your own (see the mu-stats.scm for examples)

** What about showing the results in a table?

   Even easier. Try:

   ,----
   | (mu:stats:table (mu:stats:top-n-to))
   `----

   or

   ,----
   | (mu:stats:table (mu:stats:per-weekday))
   `----

   You can also export the table:

   ,----
   | (mu:stats:export (mu:stats:per-weekday))
   `----

   which will create a temporary file with the results, for further processing
   in e.g. 'R' or 'gnuplot'.


[1] http://www.gnu.org/s/guile/
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheme_(programming_language)

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