Delayed delete, restoring deleted mailboxes
brong at fastmail.fm
Tue Mar 17 19:27:59 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
> > <http://docs.opengroupware.org/Members/whitemice/wmogag/file_view>.
> 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:
(that HEXSTRING is a hexified time_t from when it was deleted by the
> What is the correct procedure the restore this mailbox so that user is
> able see the messages and access it once again.
Yeah, this is a missing feature, for sure. We use custom in-house stuff
to restore backups, which can also fetch files out of the DELETED
namespace - but the cyrus tools need to be extended to support it too.
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