[Dovecot] Purging Deleted Messages

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Mon Jun 2 20:46:04 EEST 2008

on 6-2-2008 10:36 AM Carlos Williams spake the following:
> I noticed today I checked a users mailbox with the mutt command:
> mutt -f /home/bob/email/
> There I saw he had 100 messages that had been deleted but not yet
> purged from his inbox so they're still using up disk storage on my
> email server.
> My question is does Dovecot have a process to automatically delete
> these messages after a certain period of time? I would like to think
> that they don't
> just sit in a users mailbox for years waiting to be purged, right?
> Does anyone know exactly how this works?
> I checked my own mailbox using mutt and I see 11 messages that are
> deleted from my Thunderbird client but are still on the server (marked
> for deletion).
> How long do these messages stay there?
They stay until they are purged. There are plugins that will help if you are 
using maildir, but I don't know of anything for mbox if you are using that.

MailScanner is like deodorant...
You hope everybody uses it, and
you notice quickly if they don't!!!!

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