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I run a Gentoo (LAMP server) with a qmail.

I see that the folder /var/qmail/alias/.maildir/new/ contains 100'000s of files.

Do you know how I can have them purged automatically?

Thanks for your great help.

EDIT: I checked the files (+400k actually). They are from 2004-today. They all have the same header (toto.com is a replacement of the real domain):

Return-Path: <#@[]>
Delivered-To: postmaster@mail.toto.com
Received: (qmail 27514 invoked for bounce); 17 Sep 2009 15:46:37 +0200
Date: 17 Sep 2009 15:46:37 +0200
From: MAILER-DAEMON@mail.toto.com
To: postmaster@mail.toto.com
Subject: failure notice

If I use outlook and check the account postmaster I do not see them.

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After deleting them you probably want to investigate why you have them.

They look like double-bounces (the "#@[]" in the return-path/envelope sender), so check a) the contents of /var/qmail/control/doublebounceto (which, if not present, defaults to "postmaster") b) the contents of the relevant .qmail file.

(I'd take a guess that ~alias/.qmail-postmaster contains "./.maildir/" or similar, as well as some other location that you are actually checking when you check what you believe to be the postmaster account.)

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each file represents a separate email. if you dont need them you can delete them, i guess easiest way is to do rm -rf /var/qmail/alias/.maildir/ and then use maildirmake /var/qmail/alias/.maildir, if I were you though I'd open some of them just to be sure that you not deleting something important although if you have 100k of emails most likely its outdated/spam/bounces

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