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Re: how does gnus delete attachments IMAP

From: Dan Christensen
Subject: Re: how does gnus delete attachments IMAP
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:07:02 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.130014 (Ma Gnus v0.14) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)

On Sep 20, 2017, Gijs Hillenius <> wrote:

> I have this email that has four large files attached to it. Using Gnus,
> I deleted all of them


> Oddly enough, on the IMAP server, the files are still there, in the
> email message.


> What did I miss?

With IMAP, messages cannot be edited.  To work around this, Gnus will
typically create a new message without the attachments.  How Gnus treats
the original seems inconsistent to me.  Sometimes it is deleted, but
sometimes it sticks around, in which case I mark it as expirable, so it
will get deleted later.


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