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Bash script to delete emails

Posted on 2011-09-15
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Hello

i need a script to delete emails from severals user accounts using criteria as number of messages or date (Ex. i need to launch a command and it to generate the deletion of emails from account1, account2, account3 that are older than 1st of september 2011)
Anyone can help?

Thank you in advance,
Cosmin
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by:Papertrip
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Where do these mailboxes reside?  What client program are your users using for their mail?
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by:Cosmin Curticapean
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I have linux/sendmail as mail server, using a local file for each mailbox. As client usually i use MS Outlook, but also Squirrel Webmail. The problem is that i have some users that don't cleanup their email box and i end up with old messages on the server that are useless. I know about the settings in Outlook to delete old messages, also to delete emails from webmail but i need a tool i can use directly from the server to parse each specified mailbox and cleanup messages. This has to be as automated as possible (cron).
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This little script is awesome:  http://freshmeat.net/projects/mboxpurge/

Just do:

BOXES="account1 account2 account3"
for MBOX in `echo $BOXES`;
do
  mboxpurge.pl -m 2011-09-01 $MBOX
done

If you want do all the mailboxes in /var/spool/mail, just replace the "for" line above with:

for MBOX in `ls /var/spool/mail`;
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by:Cosmin Curticapean
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Hello

it works, i did the test just by running a command line with the following content:
perl mboxpurge.pl -m 2011-09-01 /usr/mail/***

Thank you,
Cosmin C.
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