This is a re-issue of my "attachment checks" patch, which failed to
raise comments or interest in its last round. I'm resubmitting it in
the hope it will fare better this time around.
This code is working: I use it daily and never worry about missing
attachments anymore. It did catch a few occurences but also a few
false positives, which I did not mind.
There are still no unit tests: bremner suggested I add some in
test/T310-emacs.sh and I looked there briefly, but couldn't figure out
where to add a blurb. I would need help to complete this.
I did some summary tests using `re-builder' to see the effect the
regex has on random strings. I tested the possible false positive "a
joint attaché presse" which doesn't match and "here is an attachment,
attached in the pièce jointe or piece jointe" which does. I am not
sure how to implement this in a unit test: should we try to send an
email and check if it aborts like the "Sending a message via (fake)
SMTP" test? Or should I just check that `notmuch-message-check-attach'
works against a temporary buffer? Is there a harness that allows
matching against messages like that already?
I'd also welcome comments on the approach in general. Another user
came up on IRC recently (impatkor) with the same need and used the
following snippet instead:
It is a very similar implementation although it checks for
`Content-Disposition: attachment` instead of `<#part>`: not sure which
one is actually accurate. It also adds the word `bifoga` as a pattern,
but I haven't verified that in swedish and would wait for feedback on
the multilingual approach before adding new words here.
Finally, note that an earlier version of this used
`save-mark-and-excursion` but I had to revert back to `save-excursion`
because the function was missing in some other version of Emacs I was
testing. That part does not work anyways: something else is moving the
mark around when sending, but I figured I would keep this hook
well-behaving even if others screw that up. I did remove the "XXX"
note there because there's nothing else to do on that front.
This implements basic attachment checks like those present in other
MUAs (e.g. Thunderbird, IIRC). A hook watches for keywords implemented
using a customizable regex. The keywords are assume to indicate the
user forgot to add an attachment.
This currently checks for words in english and french and some care
was taken to avoid false positive, but those are bound to happen and
we embrace them with open arms: it's better to warn by mistake than
forget an attachment ever again. New languages can be added through
customization, which help string suggests contributing it back to the
diff --git a/emacs/notmuch-message.el b/emacs/notmuch-message.el
index 55e4cfee..ccf0906c 100644
@@ -47,6 +47,43 @@ the \"inbox\" and \"todo\" tags, you would set:
+;; attachment checks
+;; should be sent upstream, but needs unit tests in test/T310-emacs.sh
+ "Pattern of text announcing there should be an attachment.
+This is used by `notmuch-message-check-attach' to check email
+bodies for words that might indicate the email should have an
+attachement. If the pattern matches and there is no attachment (a
+`<#part ...>' magic block), notmuch will show a confirmation
+prompt before sending the email.
+The default regular expression is deliberately liberal: we prefer
+false positive than forgotten attachments. This should be
+customized for non-english languages and notmuch welcomes
+additions to the pattern for your native language, unless it
+conflicts with common words in other languages."
+ :type '(regexp)
+ :group 'notmuch-send)
+(defun notmuch-message-check-attach ()
+ """Check for missing attachments.
+This is normally added to `message-send-hook' and is configured
+ (goto-char (point-min))
+ (if (re-search-forward notmuch-message-attach-regex nil t)
+ (goto-char (point-min))
+ (unless (re-search-forward "<#part [^>]*filename=[^>]*>" nil t)
+ (or (y-or-n-p "Email seem to refer to attachment, but nothing attached, send anyways?")
+ (error "No attachment found, aborting")))))))
+(add-hook 'message-send-hook 'notmuch-message-check-attach)
On Tuesday, 2018-09-04 at 12:07:01 -04, Antoine Beaupré wrote:
> On 2018-09-04 16:42:07, David Edmondson wrote:
>> Here is my version of this, updated to use your regexp. I actually
>> stopped using this because I was annoyed by the question too many
> That does look prettier than my version - i didn't know about
> message-goto-body. Should I reroll with yours?
Are you planning to write a test? I could have a go at that, but it
probably won't be today.
> On Tuesday, 2018-09-04 at 12:07:01 -04, Antoine Beaupré wrote:
>> On 2018-09-04 16:42:07, David Edmondson wrote:
>>> Here is my version of this, updated to use your regexp. I actually
>>> stopped using this because I was annoyed by the question too many
>> That does look prettier than my version - i didn't know about
>> message-goto-body. Should I reroll with yours?
> Are you planning to write a test? I could have a go at that, but it
> probably won't be today.
That's my big blocker, really. I have no idea where to begin, as I
explained. So I'd be happy to leave that to someone else...
On 2018-09-07 10:14:46, David Edmondson wrote:
> Antoine, are you happy to have this marked as super-ceded by
> id:[hidden email]?
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