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I have a client who has email forwarded to Gmail (for better spam filtering). I set up the forwarding in Plesk but left a mailbox so that she can send email from her own domain rather than from Gmail. Unfortunately Plesk/Qmail leaves a copy of every (forwarded) email in her Inbox on my server, which periodically shuts my server down after filling the hard drive.

I’ve tried setting up a scheduled task in Plesk, but it’s not working. I just found 25,000+ emails in her box. This is the command that I got to work from SSH:

/var/qmail/mailnames/ -mtime +3 -print | xargs rm

(domain names have been changed to protect the “innocent”)

Why wouldn’t this work on my Linux server running Plesk Parallels 12.0.18?



  1. Check new folder: /var/qmail/mailnames/

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  2. I use this

    find /var/qmail/mailnames/domain/user/Maildir/curr -mtime +X -print | xargs rm
    find /var/qmail/mailnames/domain/user/Maildir/new -mtime +X -print | xargs rm

    where +X is your time

    +7 = 7 days

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