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Old 04-09-2002
How can I delete all my mail in Linux Red Hat 7.2???

I have so many mails in my mailbox and I just cant delete each one individually. Is there a way to clear up every mail in my mail box without having to actually deal with each one separately????
# 2  
Old 04-09-2002
If you can access the /var/mail directory, you may be able to remove the file. Look for a file with your userID.

You could also create a script to read mail and delete it with a for or while loop (if you have an idea of how many messages { you can tell that via the header option in mail I believe}).
thehoghunter
# 3  
Old 04-09-2002
Even the very simplistic "mail" client should let you delete a batch of messages. Try issuing the command "mail" followed by the command "d 1-50"
to, for example, delete message #'s 1-50.
# 4  
Old 04-11-2002
I tried the d 1-50 on both Solaris and HP-UX and it did not work. What OS have you seen this work on?
thehoghunter
# 5  
Old 04-11-2002
I use the 'd 1-50' method on AIX to clean out a couple of generic user accounts, just be sure to 'quit' out of the mail program and not 'exit' otherwise the mails will not be deleted
# 6  
Old 04-11-2002
It wasn't that it worked and I exited - it didn't like the command

SUN:
? h
5 letters found in /var/mail/root, 0 scheduled for deletion, 0 newly arrived
> 5 2529 anyone@exchange.inThu Apr 11 05:00 EDT 2002 Thu Apr 11 05:00 EDT 2002
4 2330 Noone@exchanThu Mar 14 05:00 EST 2002 Thu Mar 14 05:00 EST 2002
3 3442 someone@exchange.inFri Mar 8 09:39 EST 2002 Fri Mar 8 09:39 EST 2002
2 2492 MAILER-DAEMON Fri Mar 8 06:18 EST 2002
1 2492 MAILER-DAEMON Fri Mar 8 06:18 EST 2002
? d 3-4
Illegal numeric

HP-UX:

? h
usage
q quit
x exit without changing mail
p print
s [file] save (default mbox)
w [file] same without header
- print previous
d delete
+ next (no delete)
m user mail to user
! cmd execute cmd
? d 1-3
From unixops Thu Apr 11 17:02:19 EDT 2002
Received: (from unixops@localhost)
by isaac.tampa.inmyworld.com (8.8.6 (PHNE_17190)/8.8.6) id RAA08371
for unixops; Thu, 11 Apr 2002 17:02:19 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 17:02:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: Unix Admin <unixops>
Message-Id: <200204112102.RAA08371@isaac.tampa.inmyworld.com>
To: unixops
Subject: ignore test
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

this is a test file

?q

HP didn't give an error but didn't delete the mail either.
thehoghunter
 

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