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destructively edit messages in a public inbox


        public-inbox-edit -m MESSAGE-ID --all|INBOX_DIR

        public-inbox-edit -F RAW_FILE --all|INBOX_DIR [.. INBOX_DIR]


public-inbox-edit allows editing messages in a given inbox to remove sensitive information.  It is only intended as a last resort, as it will cause discontiguous git history and draw more attention to the sensitive data in mirrors.



Edit the message in all inboxes configured in ~/.public-inbox/config. This is an alternative to specifying individual inboxes directories on the command-line.


Edits the message corresponding to the given MESSAGE-ID. If the MESSAGE-ID is ambiguous, --force or using the --file of the original will be required.


Edits the message corresponding to the Message-ID: header and content given in FILE.  This requires the unmodified raw message, and the contents of FILE will not itself be modified.  This is useful if a Message-ID is ambiguous due to filtering/munging rules or other edits.


Forcibly perform the edit even if Message-ID is ambiguous.


Do not perform "From " line escaping.  By default, this generates a mboxrd variant file to detect unpurged messages in the new mbox.  This makes sense if your configured publicinbox.mailEditor is a regular editor and not something like mutt -f



The command to perform the edit with.  An example of this would be mutt -f, and the user would then use the facilities in mutt(1) to edit the mail.  This is useful for editing attachments or Base64-encoded emails which are more difficult to edit with a normal editor (configured via GIT_EDITOR, VISUAL or EDITOR).

Default: none



public-inbox-edit will fall back to using one of these variables (in that order) if publicinbox.mailEditor is unset.


The default config file, normally "~/.public-inbox/config". See public-inbox-config(5)


Only v2 repositories are supported.

This is safe to run while normal inbox writing tools (public-inbox-mda(1), public-inbox-watch(1), public-inbox-learn(1)) are active.

Running this in parallel with public-inbox-xcpdb(1) or "public-inbox-index --reindex" can lead to errors or edited data remaining indexed.

Incremental public-inbox-index(1) (without --reindex) is fine.

Keep in mind this is a last resort, as it will be disruptive to anyone using git(1) to mirror the inbox being edited.


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See Also


Referenced By

public-inbox-config(5), public-inbox-index(1), public-inbox-purge(1), public-inbox-xcpdb(1).

1993-10-02 public-inbox.git public-inbox user manual