On Mon, Aug 07, 2017 at 11:46:03AM +0800, 積丹尼 Dan Jacobson wrote:
> What if my house burned down and I must start from scratch?
> Mention how to continue if those files are lost.
> I assume if one really wanted to get rid of them, a safe way would be
> 0. Disconnect the upstream mail server from the internet so no new mail
> is coming in.
> 1. get all your mail upstream -> downsteam. Now all is deleted from
> upstream.
> 2. Now delete the oldmail files.
> 3. Now reconnect the server.
> >>>>> "CC" == Charles Cazabon <charl...@pyropus.ca> writes:
> CC> In short: no, you can never safely trim them.  You can remove them only 
> if you
> CC> never want to retrieve mail from the corresponding POP/IMAP account or 
> folder
> CC> again.  The files are absolutely tiny by any modern standard, so there 
> will
> CC> never, ever be a need to "trim" them.

Is this question on mbox file?  Stop mail daemon etc. (if it is high trafic
maybe stop the upstream one like mentioned if you can), and move mbox file away
and play whatever you want to do.  This is standard procedure for daemon
accessed log file type files.

But is this something FAQ deals.  On desktop user system, it's non-issue.  If
it is server, it's a common sense.

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