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One of my users had some sort of debug output mailed to a address on my server..

Something "went wrong" and now I have 35000 mails in a inbox. I need to delete those mails, they are all from 1 specific address. The rest of the inbo needs to stay untouched.

How do I achieve this?

Platform: CentOS 5 with DirectAdmin, Dovecot, Exim.

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I might not be able to post a full answer, but do take a look at: argon.org/~roderick/mbox-purge.html –  Jodie C Jul 12 '12 at 2:05

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Dovecot v.2 has an utility called doveadm that allow number of functions.



doveadm expunge -u jane.doe@example.org savedbefore 2w

delete all messages that older than two weeks from jane.doe's mailbox.

If you have dovecot v.1 you have to use system utility find:

find -E $userdir \
     -type f \
     -iregex ".*(cur|new).*" \
     ! -newerBt "1 month ago" \
     -exec rm {} \;
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Thanks but how to delete all email that is received from one specific email address? –  edwardmp Jul 12 '12 at 9:32
Managed to do it like this: doveadm expunge -u myaccount@example.com mailbox Inbox FROM spammer@spam.com –  edwardmp Jul 12 '12 at 17:27

If you are familiar with python just write a quick script using the poplib

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