Deleting messages "marked for deletion" older than X days

Gerard Beekmans gbeekmans at
Tue Aug 19 10:34:52 EDT 2008


I looked at ipurge but I find it also happily deletes messages that 
weren't marked for deletion. It appears to delete everything older than 
X days, regardless of that \Deleted flag mentioned in another reply.

Gerard Beekmans
IT Manager
Achilles Media
Tel: 403-678-1216 ext. 102
Email: gbeekmans at

Wesley Craig wrote:
> cyr_expire -D and -X deal with delayed delete & expunge, 
> respectively.  Neither will address message that the MUA hasn't 
> already deleted (in the case of folders) or expunged (in the case of 
> messages).
> The tool that is closest to the desired functionality is ipurge.  In 
> order for ipurge to do what you're asking, Gerard, it would have to 
> examine whatever the "deleted" flag is for Outlook -- it varies by 
> MUA, some set a flag, some move messages to a trash folder, etc.
> :wes
> On 18 Aug 2008, at 18:09, Kenneth Marshall wrote:
>> In the manual page, the definition of the '-X' option seems to
>> do what you want:
>>       -X expunge-days
>>               Expunge  previously deleted messages older than 
>> expunge-days
>>               (when using the "delayed" expunge mode).  The default is
>>               0 (zero) days, which will expunge all previously 
>> deleted messages.
>>>> On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 03:35:20PM -0600, Gerard Beekmans wrote:
>>>>> I am looking for a way to run a daily script on the Cyrus IMAP server
>>>>> that processes every user's mail folders and deletes every message
>>>>> marked for deletion older than X days.
>>>>> I realize the proper way to do this is client-side and have the 
>>>>> client
>>>>> program purge/expunge the mailboxes periodically in some fashion.
>>>>> Unfortunately in the corporate world there are many clients who still
>>>>> use old versions of Outlook that only marks a message for deletion 
>>>>> and
>>>>> will not automatically purge the folder.
>>>>> To force users to manually purge every single folder they have, one
>>>>> folder at a time as some versions of Outlook can't do this 
>>>>> recursively,
>>>>> is not a feasible option. Users just stopped doing this because it
>>>>> becomes too time consuming a task.
>>>>> So I'm looking for a server-side solution that analyzes every mail
>>>>> folder on the system, finds marked messages older than X days and
>>>>> purges/deletes them on the client's behalf.
>>>>> Some pointers are appreciated. I can write the scripts (shell, perl,
>>>>> whatever) myself if need be, just need to know how to start going 
>>>>> about
>>>>> obtaining such a specific list of messages.

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