ipurge man page

ipurge — delete mail from IMAP mailbox or partition based on age or size


ipurge [ -f ] [ -C config-file ] [ -x ] [ -X ] [ -i ] [ -s ] [ -o ] [ -n ]
      [ -d days | -b bytes | -k Kbytes | -m Mbytes ]
      [ mailbox-pattern... ]


Ipurge deletes messages from the mailbox(es) specified by mailbox-pattern that are older or larger than specified by the -d, -b, -k or -m options.  If no mailbox-pattern is given, ipurge works on all mailboxes.  If the -x option is given, the message age and size MUST match exactly those specified by -d, -b, -k or -m.  The are no default values, and at least one of -d, -b, -k or -m MUST be specified.

Ipurge by default only deletes mail below shared folders, which means that mails in mailbox(es) below INBOX.* and user.* stay untouched. Use the option -f to also delete mail in mailbox(es) below these folders.

Ipurge reads its configuration options out of the imapd.conf(5) file unless specified otherwise by -C.



Force deletion of mail in all mailboxes.

-C config-file

Read configuration options from config-file.

-d days

Age of message in days.

-b bytes

Size of message in bytes.

-k Kbytes

Size of message in Kbytes (2^10 bytes).

-m Mbytes

Size of message in Mbytes (2^20 bytes).


Perform an exact match on age or size (instead of older or larger).


Use delivery time instead of Date: header for date matches


Invert match logic: -x means not equal, date is for newer, size is for smaller


Skip over messages that have the \Flagged flag set.


Only purge messages that have the \Deleted flag set.


Only print messages that would be deleted (dry run).




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