Adam Tauno Williams
awilliam at whitemice.org
Sun Apr 4 11:03:14 EDT 2010
On Fri, 2010-04-02 at 21:00 -0400, Joseph Brennan wrote:
> --On Friday, April 2, 2010 5:30 PM -0700 Nybbles2Byte
> <nybbles2byte at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Okay, I am sure this is stupid question but how do you really delete
> > messages. When I delete messages in my email client and then log in to
> > see the mailbox through a web program I see that the message are marked
> > as deleted but still there.
> That's what "delete" does. It marks the messages deleted. You can still
> undelete them, in case of error.
> Then the command "expunge" removes all messages marked deleted. For no
> known reason some clients call this "purge" instead of "expunge".
For the record: recent versions of Cyrus also support "delayed expunge",
where even messages that have been 'expunged' can be recovered for a
time without having to resort to extra-ordinary means [restore from
backup & reconstruct mailbox]. This feature has to be specifically
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