[Dovecot] Purging a large folder... anything I need to be careful of?

Dennis Guhl dg at dguhl.org
Wed Feb 10 07:59:30 EET 2010

Dave schrieb:
> I've got a large message folder (about 40G in 'cur') that I need to 
> empty to a more reasonable size.  Oddly, my Thunderbird e-mail client 
> only sees about 2.4G of that, and has "looped" a few times.  What I mean 
> is, I thought someone was cleaning the folder out, but Thunderbird 
> apparently was actually just looping back to 0 every 4 gigs and starting 
> to count up again  Ha.  But that's a sidenote.  So, since Thunderbird 

But it's a strange one.
I have some fairly big folders (>>10G) too but there is no problem at 
all with TB
> apparently is not seeing all of the messages, what is the safest way to 
> delete the files straight from the 'cur' folder?  IS that safe?  Will I 
> mess up any of the dovecot indexes in any way??

Yes it is safe.
Dovecot has self healing abilities which will fix the index files.

> Dave

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