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Re: [nmh-workers] Cleaning up old messages

From: Peter Davis
Subject: Re: [nmh-workers] Cleaning up old messages
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:06:05 -0400

On Thu, Jun 14, 2018, at 8:56 AM, Peter Davis wrote:
> Hi, all,
> I'm sorry if this question is a bit too elementary or intrusive for this
> group. My health is seriously failing, and I'm trying to clean up old
> messages are on my Mac for others who will inherit the machine. I have
> many thousands of messages, divided into many hundreds of folders,
> accumulated over years.
> I've done some poking into it, and I know I can go from folder to
> folder, delete all the messages, and then use some external shell
> command to really delete them, but frankly, this is a bit overwhelming
> for me. Is there a way (or a script that comes close to) letting me just
> delete and really remove all files older than a certain date or anything
> like that?
> I know this violates the "look it up and figure it out" doctrine, but
> frankly, I just don't have that kind of energy anymore.
> Note that I also have copies of most of these messages on various IMAP
> servers, so I'm not completely erasing the past ... just trying to clean
> up some computers.

Thanks so much for the suggestions and explanations. These are *MUCH* appreciated.



  Peter Davis

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