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       doveadm-expunge - Expunge messages matching given search query

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

       This command can be used to expunge mails matching the given search
       query.  It is typically used to expunge old mails from users' 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 executed 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, only matching mails of the given user(s) will be

       Global doveadm(1) options:

       -D     Enables verbosity and debug messages.

       -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

       -S socket_path
              The option's 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.  It's also possible to
              use '*' and '?' wildcards (e.g. -u *
              When neither the -A option nor -u user was specified, the
              command will be executed with the environment of the currently
              logged in user.

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

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

       doveadm expunge -u mailbox Spam savedbefore 2w

       Report bugs, including doveconf -n output, to the Dovecot Mailing List
       <>.  Information about reporting bugs is available

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

Dovecot v2.0                      2010-11-25                DOVEADM-EXPUNGE(1)