delete specific mail in all folders

LALOT Dominique dom.lalot at
Mon May 11 07:12:37 EDT 2009

2009/5/11 Paul van der Vlis <paul at>

> Gerald Nowitzky schreef:
> > Hello!
> >
> > I have been confronted with a request today: We are running cyrus as imap
> > server. We have currently about 3 million files and 150GB in our mail
> dir.
> > One user has accidently sent something confidential to all users via a
> list.
> > The request was, of course, to delete the mail from all mailboxes. Is
> there
> > any reasonable approach to do something like this?
> Maybe you could use 'find' with some characteristics of the message,
> like the size and the date.

the size may differ as the destination change, same for date, as it's a bulk
delivery which could last several minutes.

> You could replace the found files with the
> same message, but where all what is confidential was removed.

Nice idea, but you will keep the subject in the index anyway. So, if the
subject is "Fuck the boss", you will not get rid of that..

> With regards,
> Paul van der Vlis.
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Dominique LALOT
Ingénieur Systèmes et Réseaux
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