[blindeudora] Re: FYI Compacting mailboxes

Waht about a pop server?

Thanks much.

Doris

At 07:09 PM 6/9/2012 -0500, you wrote:

"Should Eudora do automatic EXPUNGE commands on your IMAP mailboxes?

If you don't know what and EXPUNGE command is, just click YES."

Solution:

By selecting YES to this question, you are telling Eudora that it

should periodically clean out messages marked as deleted from your

IMAP mailboxes. Selecting NO will prevent Eudora from doing this

automatically, but will require you to manually remove these deleted

messages yourself. If you don't regularly remove messages marked for

deletion from your IMAP mailboxes, you may run out of storage space

on your IMAP server.


We recommend you choose YES.



DETAILED EXPLANATION:


The IMAP protocol allows for a message to be marked as deleted in its

mailbox on the server, but leaves it there until an EXPUNGE command

is received to remove deleted messages. Until the mail client

specifically tells the server to delete messages, they may remain in

their mailboxes on the server indefinitely, taking up valuable disk

space.

Eudora can be configured to handle deleted messages in two different

ways. You may configure Eudora to move messages to a Trash mailbox

on your IMAP server when you delete them. Or you can configure

Eudora to display deleted messages in IMAP mailboxes. They will show

up with a special icon in the server column indicating they are marked

as deleted.

When Eudora is configured to store deleted messages in a trash

mailbox, it copies messages the user wishes to delete to the trash

mailbox on the server, marks the original messages as deleted, and

finally issues an EXPUNGE command to clean up the original mailbox.

In most cases, this prevents deleted messages from ever building up

on the server. However, if you access your IMAP mail account from

another client (like a web interface) that doesn't support the

concept of a trash mailbox, you may see deleted messages in Eudora.

Allowing Eudora to periodically remove deleted messages makes sense

in this scenario.


When Eudora is configured to display deleted messages, they are

simply marked as deleted on the server. They remain in the mailbox

until the user specifically chooses to "Remove Deleted Messages" from

the menus in Eudora. When this menu item is chosen, Eudora issues an

EXPUNGE command to the server which then removes all messages marked

for deletion from the mailbox. Until deleted messages are manually

removed, they take up valuable space in your IMAP account. Allowing

Eudora to automatically remove deleted messages keeps the IMAP server

happy, removing these unwanted messages without user interaction.


Eudora 6.2 and newer have the ability to hide deleted messages from

view. If you have configured Eudora to not use a trash mailbox but

hide deleted messages, you'll enjoy a much snappier interface without

having to see deleted messages in Eudora's mailboxes. However, the

deleted messages are still on the server until they are removed with

an EXPUNGE command. Allowing Eudora to automatically remove deleted

messages is highly recommended in this situation.





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