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Subject:Gmail - argh!
Time:04:13 pm
I have a mailing list archive on Gmail. I want to find out two simple pieces of data by searching the mail: how many messages were posted with a specific subject line, and how many messages did one specific individual post using that subject line.

As far as I can tell, the first piece of information is achievable if I'm willing to do some manual work to sum up the counts from multiple lines of search results-- although I'm not 100% certain that there are no duplications in the "conversations." The second seems impossible, though-- it wants to return all the discussion that the individual has been a part of, rather than the individual messages.

This is insane!
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sfogarty
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Time:2010-04-01 11:18 pm (UTC)
POP the email out and grep?
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whipartist
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Time:2010-04-01 11:22 pm (UTC)
Pop the email out and just sort it should be sufficient. I shouldn't have to do that shit, though.
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ts4z
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Time:2010-04-01 11:24 pm (UTC)
Go go gadget IMAP!

That should be doable with a couple IMAP SEARCHes. Being lazy, and doing IMAP for a living, I'd do it with raw protocol; you might be better off plumbing up Thunderbird.

If you want to do this with telnet (actually, openssl s_client -connect imap.gmail.com:993) let me know.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-04-01 11:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not really fishing for ways to do this-- I can think of several on my own. I was just lamenting the fact that the gmail UI, which people seem to rant and rave about, doesn't allow me to do things that I consider pretty basic.
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heronymus_waat
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Time:2010-04-02 12:48 am (UTC)
Oh, I have significant complaints about the UI, myself -- but then, I'm hardly the standard userbase. Gmail has always been pretty clear about the fact that the UI exists for those users who are not particularly technically savvy, and there exists a number of third-party solutions to technically-complicated issues that users like you and I experience.

For my parents, who practically define the userset for gmail's online interface, it's a miracle of technology: full text search, context-sensitive fill, easy to navigate and very simple display rules.
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whitebird
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Time:2010-04-02 02:05 am (UTC)
Gmail's interface is actually rather lacking in real features and actual usability. It makes a moderately nice repository for email lists, however. Not great, but okay.
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adb_jaeger
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Time:2010-04-01 11:39 pm (UTC)
Counting Joe@barge emails?
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2010-04-02 12:58 am (UTC)
You need a 64 bit machine for that...
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songmonk
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Time:2010-04-01 11:58 pm (UTC)
Why does the problem of the second (that it's giving you discussions instead of individual messages) not afflict the first as well?
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