received date and reconstruct
P.A.Chambers at exeter.ac.uk
Thu Nov 20 09:12:58 EST 2003
We give users the option of diverting suspected spam into a spam-folder so that they
can check for false positives. Unfortunately, some users don't bother cleaning this
folder out on a regular basis.
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
Phil Chambers (postmaster at exeter.ac.uk)
University of Exeter
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