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I am supporting an old HP-UX server.  I need to see if some of the nightly jobs ran ok.  I usually receive the status of the jobs via email and use ELM to review them.  Things have been pretty smooth and I was lax in checking and clearing out the mail.  

Today when I needed to check the status of the nightly jobs I discovered that I have to many unred messages.  When I try and run ELM I get the following error message "Could not allocate 66804160 bytes for new headers!!!" and ELM exits.   I also tried mail and I get the message "Warning: Too many letters, overflowing letters".  

How can I delete these messages.  I would be happy to delete everything so i can start fresh

Thanks for any assistance
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If you don't want to delete all of them, try to use "mail" command to see if you can read them.

To delete all the email, type in:

cat /dev/null > /var/mail/your-login-name
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Thanks for the quick response.  
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