Incremental purge?

Aki Tuomi aki.tuomi at
Mon Aug 24 08:35:48 EEST 2020

> On 24/08/2020 08:30 Jesus Cea <jcea at> wrote:
> On 24/8/20 7:12, Fabien KOCIK wrote:
> > First, extract user list using doveadm users '*'.
> > Then process this list to fit your needs (seven parts for a week and a
> > part processed by week day for example).
> > Finally, use -u option of doveadm purge into a loop.
> This is a good idea for installations with tons of users. Good point.
> I would be personally interested in incremental purge per user. My
> personal IMAP account, for instance, has at this moment about 40GB of
> mdbox files. I keep most of my email for decades, but sure I could free
> some space doing a purge, but I am scared of trying with 200.000 mdbox
> files without knowing how long it would take.
> -- 
> Jesús Cea Avión

This is why it's a good idea to run purge periodically, like once a month or even week.


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