nuke a mailbox (new mail type)

simonpearce

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Jun 20, 2003
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Hi,

When a user had thousands of messages in their mailbox, we used to be able to echo -n>inbox to empty them all out; this doesn't work with the new mail system.

When I try rm -rf * in the /cur and /new directories I get:

Code:
-bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long
Any suggestions please?

Cheers

Simon
 

Romka_

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Dec 28, 2005
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!

You can delete this directories and recreate itself.

rm -rf cur; mkdir cur
etc....

But you must first look for owner and group for this folders and change it after recreate.

This is my method.
 
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Romka_

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This is example from my box where i`m use postfix.

Code:
#!/usr/local/bin/bash

echo "Postfix - STOP"
/usr/local/sbin/postfix stop

echo "Remove curent folders..."
rm -rf /usr/spool/postfix/defer
rm -rf /usr/spool/postfix/deferred
rm -rf /usr/spool/postfix/active

echo "Create new folders..."
mkdir /usr/spool/postfix/defer
mkdir /usr/spool/postfix/deferred
mkdir /usr/spool/postfix/active

echo "Change permition for folders..."
chown -R postfix:postfix /usr/spool/postfix/defer
chown -R postfix:postfix /usr/spool/postfix/deferred
chown -R postfix:postfix /usr/spool/postfix/active

echo "Postfix - START"
/usr/local/sbin/postfix start
 

simonpearce

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Jun 20, 2003
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You can delete this directories and recreate itself.

rm -rf cur; mkdir cur
etc....

But you must first look for owner and group for this folders and change it after recreate.

This is my method.
Would "Repair Mailbox permissions" in WHM fix the permissions????
 

lostinspace

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Jul 19, 2003
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Colorado Springs, CO
Hi,

When a user had thousands of messages in their mailbox, we used to be able to echo -n>inbox to empty them all out; this doesn't work with the new mail system.

When I try rm -rf * in the /cur and /new directories I get:

Code:
-bash: /bin/rm: Argument list too long
Any suggestions please?

Cheers

Simon
http://www.configserver.com/cp/cmm.html might make your life easier.
 

katmai

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Mar 13, 2006
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Brno, Czech Republic
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