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DOVEADM\-EXPUNGE

Section: Dovecot (1)
Updated: 2015-05-09
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NAME

doveadm-expunge - Expunge messages matching given search query  

SYNOPSIS

doveadm [-Dv] expunge [-S socket_path] [-d] search_query
doveadm [-Dv] expunge [-S socket_path] [-d] -A search_query
doveadm [-Dv] expunge [-S socket_path] [-d] -F file search_query
doveadm [-Dv] expunge [-S socket_path] [-d] -u user search_query  

DESCRIPTION

This command can be used to expunge mails matching the given search query. It is typically used to expunge old mails from usersaq Trash and/or Spam mailboxes. To test which messages a given search query would match, you can use doveadm fetch or doveadm search commands.

In the first form, doveadm(1) will execute the expunge action with the environment of the logged in system user.

In the second form, the command will be performed for all users.

In the third form, doveadm(1) will expunge messages of the users listed in the given file.

In the fourth form, only matching mails of the given user(s) will be expunged.  

OPTIONS

Global doveadm(1) options:
-D
Enables verbosity and debug messages.
-o setting=value
Overrides the configuration setting from /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf and from the userdb with the given value. In order to override multiple settings, the -o option may be specified multiple times.
-v
Enables verbosity, including progress counter.

Command specific options:

-A
If the -A option is present, the command will be performed for all users. Using this option in combination with system users from userdb { driver = passwd } is not recommended, because it contains also users with a lower UID than the one configured with the first_valid_uid setting.

When the SQL userdb module is used make sure that the iterate_query setting in /etc/dovecot/dovecot-sql.conf.ext matches your database layout. When using the LDAP userdb module, make sure that the iterate_attrs and iterate_filter settings in /etc/dovecot/dovecot-ldap.conf.ext match your LDAP schema. Otherwise doveadm(1) will be unable to iterate over all users.

-F file
Execute the command for all the users in the file. This is similar to the -A option, but instead of getting the list of users from the userdb, they are read from the given file. The file contains one username per line.
-d
Delete the mailbox if it is empty after expunging.
-S socket_path
The optionaqs argument is either an absolute path to a local UNIX domain socket, or a hostname and port (hostname:port), in order to connect a remote host via a TCP socket.

This allows an administrator to execute doveadm(1) mail commands through the given socket.

-u user/mask
Run the command only for the given user. Itaqs also possible to use aq*aq and aq?aq wildcards (e.g. -u *@example.org).
When neither the -A option, nor the -F file option, nor the -u user was specified, the command will be executed with the environment of the currently logged in user.
 

ARGUMENTS

search_query
Expunge messages matching this search query. See doveadm-search-query(7) for details.
 

EXAMPLE

This example expunges messages from Spam mailbox that were saved/copied there more than two weeks ago:

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

REPORTING BUGS

Report bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the Dovecot Mailing List <dovecot@dovecot.org>. Information about reporting bugs is available at: http://dovecot.org/bugreport.html  

SEE ALSO

doveadm(1), doveadm-fetch(1), doveadm-purge(1), doveadm-search(1), doveadm-search-query(7)
 

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NAME
SYNOPSIS
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