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dropping #902736: ITP: maildir-deduplicate -- find and delete duplicated mails in a Maildir




On Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 03:34:58AM +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:
> * Package name    : maildir-deduplicate
>   Version         : 2.1.0
>   Upstream Author : Kevin Deldycke
> * URL             : https://maildir-deduplicate.readthedocs.io/en/develop/
>   Programming Lang: Python
>   Description     : find and delete duplicated mails in a Maildir
>  This program searches a set of mail folders for duplicated mails.  Those
>  are notorious when you receive the same notification via different ways,
>  get mails crossposted to multiple mailing lists, etc.  Detection is done
>  by coercing a subset of headers into a canonical form and taking a hash.
>  As protection against false positives, message bodies of candidate
>  duplicates are diffed as well, rejecting those that don't look similar
>  enough.  This should avoid most decoration from mailing lists.
>  .
>  Only the Maildir format is supported.

Turns out the current version sucks too much to deserve packaging.

The version I used for years was a single self-contained script that worked
reliably.  Current one:
* uses a long string of libraries with API stability worthy of NPM
  (https://github.com/click-contrib/click-log/issues/10 being one of two
  needed to even let it load)
* requires an long list of mandatory options instead of taking sane
  defaults.  For example, what used to be
    maildir-deduplicate Maildir/.Trash
  now is:
    mdedup deduplicate -n -s delete-non-matching-path -t date-header Maildir/.Trash/
  You need to say "deduplicate" just because there's an obscure debug option
  that hashes a single file (-H in the old interface), and the author
  decided to put regular functionality behind a subcommand!
* prints a lot of crap that used to be tersely given within two lines
* crashes in many mysterious ways -- I dealt with some but ran out of damn
  to give

So the only good option would be to stick with the old version, but that one
is Python2 only and unmaintained.

Not impressed.


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