Delayed delete, restoring deleted mailboxes

Kenneth Marshall ktm at
Tue Mar 17 09:10:13 EDT 2009

On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 03:06:15PM +0200, Leena Heino wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Mar 2009, Adam Tauno Williams wrote:
> > On Tue, 2009-03-17 at 13:26 +0200, Leena Heino wrote:
> >> What is the recommended process to restore deleted messages or mailboxes
> >> when delayed delete is in use?
> >
> > Use the unexpunge command;  the man page isn't bad, and I have examples
> > and some notes in the Cyrus chapter of WMOGAG
> > <>.
> The unexpunge command was the first thing I tried and I read it's man 
> page. But what puzzles me is that it seems that the deleted mailboxes 
> are not shown in unexpunge commands output.
> The mailbox meta files and mailbox's messages are shown in the spool dir 
> under the DELETED prefix eg. in the directory:
> /cyrus_spool/u/DELETED/user/foo/sent-mail/HEXSTRING/
> What is the correct procedure the restore this mailbox so that user is 
> able see the messages and access it once again.
You will need to move the mailbox back to the original location in
the user's tree. unexpunge works on messages not entire folders.


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