received date and reconstruct

Andrew J Caird andrew.caird at
Thu Nov 20 09:29:18 EST 2003

Strangely, I need to do something very similar.  So if someone has the
answer and was going to hold out because of lack of interest, that's no
longer an excuse. :)

Thanks a lot.

On Thu, 20 Nov 2003, Phil Chambers wrote:

> I was planning to have a script go through doing this every night.  It
> would use the creation dates of the message files, deleting ones that
> are too old and then use reconstruct to tidy up.
> I have two questions:
> 1) Can I rely on the creation date?  I ask this because I have just seen
> an inbox where every message file had the same date/time.  The date/time
> was 4.05 this morning and the user was not active at that time and the
> files had not been recovered from backup. Without any external activity,
> I cannot see what would have changed the creation dates.
> 2) Is it safe to use reconstruct on a live system in this way?  I am
> concerned in case a new message gets delivered into the folder while
> reconstruct is doing its thing.
> Phil.

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