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Empty an emailbox

The ability to empty a users emailbox without deleting the account and recreating would be great.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Whatever helps me to clean the mailboxes from the users would be welcome. They don't care of their mailboxes , just thinking that they can be used unlimited .

  • Altino commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    very important, most of the email account holders only use them periodically, so sending them a message to clear their inbox might not work out soonest. Some might not know how to. It would be much easier to deal with it from my own end

  • Roman Gromov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Добавьте, пожалуйста, функцию очистки почтовых ящиков без необходимости удаления.

  • Mkrasikov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add functionality to delete all email for the domain or all domains in a bulk. For example, email which is older than 1 week.

  • Bryan S. Katz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yup. In my case, my clients like to forward one@ to two@, and never wind up deleting (or even logging into) one@, But it's a full fledged mailbox for accountability and record-keeping purposes. No matter how big it is, it fills up. Would be great to have any convenient way of deleting from it, scheduled or otherwise.

  • marco webmaster commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    full support to the implementation of an automating functionality automatically deleting emails older than a starting date you can define freely

  • Pablo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same Igor conment: It would be a great feature if you can select 1 or many mailboxes and clean them based on time (emails older than 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month... etc) and even greater if it could be scheduled.

  • Igor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be a great feature if you can select 1 or many mailboxes and clean them based on time (emails older than 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month... etc) and even greater if it could be scheduled.

  • Craig commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    My apologise if I have read this wrong and you are looking for something different but we have a Scheduled task setup to run the 1st of each month that deletes all emails within a domain that are older than 30 days (gives time for customers to download their emails if haven’t already) as not all our clients set their mail client to delete emails on collection and space was filling up fast and we used to delete manually via webmail but since adding this task it works great.

    We used the below if it is any help, just replace the domain-here with your customer’s domain name or email address.

    find /var/qmail/mailnames/domain-here/*/*/cur -type f -mtime +30 -exec rm {} \;

  • ElegantServers.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    auto purge mailbox in user's preferred days duration (default 14 days) but allow user to delete from 0 day to 30 days.

    This is mostly required because most of the end users are really unaware what is PURGE and how to do it.

    also, when we ask them to go to webmail, go to "options" they always click on the "Options" on the top bar and not the option on the right side for mail purge.

    1. My suggestion would be: Make the purge option to Auto 14 days and let user set the duration as well. If user sets 0 then no BIN feature, mail will be deleted permanently / instantly. and if user want it to use this feature, set the auto purge to maximum 30 days or allow user to turn the auto purge feature to OFF.

    2. Rename the purge mailbox to: "Empty Trash Bin"

    3. Rename either the top bar option or right side option which contains link to Purge.

  • Asa Fisk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Not all mail users set their mail client to delete on collection, in these cases an administrator may need to delete old emails.
    Having a central place to do this for multiple users would be a big time saver compared to logging in to webmail for each user and deleting historic mail page by page.

    Thanks for your consideration.

  • Asa Fisk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When mailboxes on a domain get full, it would be very useful to be able to purge them. This is especially relevant when all mail in the mailbox has been downloaded to an email client since the only way to delete the mail from the server is to delete the mailbox and recreate it.

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