Autocomplete paths and search Thunderbird messages

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marylin
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Autocomplete paths and search Thunderbird messages

Post by marylin » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:37 pm

Thanks again for this amazing software, others should learn! :-)

Two unrelated questions:
1. Sometimes I need to search files in a specific folder, so starting the search with \ brings a list of matches but if there are similar folder names with spaces it would be useful to autocomplete a folder path, such as in linux shell.

2. I have seen a thread to search Outlook message files but would like to know if I can search Thunderbird messages.

Thank you!

NotNull
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Re: Autocomplete paths and search Thunderbird messages

Post by NotNull » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:03 pm

  1. Path completion is on the to-do list for a next major version of Everything.
    But that will likely be the path from the beginning, so starting with C:\...
    Otherwise Everything would have to path-complete 7401 folders if you type \w (that is how many folders start with a "w" on my system).
    You can enclose your foldername in "" if it contains spaces.
  2. According to several forum posts, searching in Thunderbird messsages is possible (use the forum search; top right of the page), but at a glance there was no instruction how to do that. Hopefully someone else steps in to help you further (no recent personal experience with Thunderbird)

[*] And personally, I hope that includes variable completion. That way I wouldnt have to type %LOCALAPPDATA% in full.

therube
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Re: Autocomplete paths and search Thunderbird messages

Post by therube » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:04 pm

Is TB using (text based) Mbox?
If so then wouldn't a
content:
search find (text strings) in the particular Mbox file?

froggie
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Re: Autocomplete paths and search Thunderbird messages

Post by froggie » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:45 pm

therube wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:04 pm
Is TB using (text based) Mbox?
If so then wouldn't a
content:
search find (text strings) in the particular Mbox file?
TB is text based and
content:
will find the Mbox files that contain the search string. In the case of many Mbox files with few messages in each, this would be workable, but I suspect that is not the usual case. (Note that Thunderbird MBox file names have no extension)

horst.epp
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Re: Autocomplete paths and search Thunderbird messages

Post by horst.epp » Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:15 pm

froggie wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:45 pm
therube wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:04 pm
Is TB using (text based) Mbox?
If so then wouldn't a
content:
search find (text strings) in the particular Mbox file?
TB is text based and
content:
will find the Mbox files that contain the search string. In the case of many Mbox files with few messages in each, this would be workable, but I suspect that is not the usual case. (Note that Thunderbird MBox file names have no extension)
I switched Thunderbird to the Maildir format a long time ago.
This has many advantages and also the benefit of finding content with Everything
or even better wirh the Windows indexer.

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