Confused about Deleted and Expunged

Michael Menge michael.menge at
Fri Jan 17 09:36:38 EST 2020


I suspect a confusion about "marked as Deleted", Expunged and Expired

of more information.

E-Mails "marked as Deleted" need to be Expunged by the imap

The cyr_expire cmd is for removing Expunged mails from the index and disk
if  "expunge_mode: delayed" is used, which is the default since 2.5

You may want to take a look at the "/vendor/cmu/cyrus-imapd/expire"  
mailbox annotation

Quoting Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam at>:

>> This command seems to work on Ubuntu 18.04. (cyrus-imapd 2.5.10-
>> 3ubuntu1)
>> In /usr/sbin there is no cyr_expire but now i found a
>> /usr/lib/cyrus/bin/cyr_expire
>> The result is the same, no files were deleted, the log file entry is
>> the same as when i
>> use the "/usr/sbin/cyrus expire [..]" command
>> Can anybody confirm this "/usr/sbin/cyrus expire [..]" command on
>> Ubuntu?
> What happens if you su to the cyrus user and try to run the command you
> see in cyrus.conf ?
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