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I'm writing a script to send mails from a mailbox on a remote server and a script to check if the mails are received at another remote server. For this I have configured mutt.

What I now need is to list all mails from the mailbox with a specified subject from the command line. I couldn't find a command option to list mails from cli so I think I have to configure mutt to use Maildir and grep files but I'm not sure if that's the best way to achieve my goal.

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This is perfect use for notmuch or even neomutt virtual-mailboxes

  1. install notmuch
  2. notmuch setup
  3. notmuch new #needed everytime you fetch emails - ideal to hook after mail sync
  4. You're done, you can search, count or whatever you want to.

example:

$ notmuch search subject:"[neomutt/neomutt] NeoMutt core dumps on F28 beta (#1126)"
thread:00000000000009f4   2018-04-21 [11/11] Suvayu Ali, Pietro Cerutti, Richard Russon; [neomutt/neomutt] NeoMutt core dumps on F28 beta (#1126) (Maillists)

$ notmuch count subject:"[neomutt/neomutt] NeoMutt core dumps on F28 beta (#1126)"
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