Delete mail from IMAP mailbox or partition based on age or size


ipurge [ -f ] [ -C config-file ] [ -x ] [ -X ] [ -i ] [ -s ] [ -o ]
        [ -d days | -b bytes | -k Kbytes | -m Mbytes ]
        [ mailbox-pattern... ]


ipurge deletes messages from the mailbox(es) specified by Imailbox-pattern that are older or larger than specified by the -d, -b, -k or -m options. If no mailbox-pattern is given, ipurge works on all mailboxes. If the -x option is given, the message age and size MUST match exactly those specified by -d, -b, -k or -m. The are no default values, and at least one of -d, -b, -k or -m MUST be specified.

Ipurge by default only deletes mail below shared folders, which means that mails in mailbox(es) below INBOX.* and user.* stay untouched. Use the option -f to also delete mail in mailbox(es) below these folders.

ipurge reads its configuration options out of the imapd.conf(5) file unless specified otherwise by -C.


-C config-file

Use the specified configuration file config-file rather than the default imapd.conf(5).


Force deletion of mail in all mailboxes.

-d days

Age of message in days.

-b bytes

Size of message in bytes.

-k Kbytes

Size of message in Kbytes (2^10 bytes).

-m Mbytes

Size of message in Mbytes (2^20 bytes).


Perform an exact match on age or size (instead of older or larger).


Use delivery time instead of Date: header for date matches.


Invert match logic: -x means not equal, date is for newer, size is for smaller.


Skip over messages that have the \Flagged flag set.


Only purge messages that have the \Deleted flag set.


[NB: Examples needed]



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