[conspire] Linux program to remove mail from server?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Apr 28 00:37:36 PDT 2005

Quoting Edmund J. Biow (ejb1 at isp.com):

> Rick, for you it is simple scripting.  For someone who is not a member 
> of the priesthood it is a weeks-long learning project.

Nah.  Depends on what one wants to write.

Ever written a DOS batch file, or at least looked at one?  _Many_ shell
scripts aren't a lot more complicated.

If one wants to _properly_ learn the fancier tricks, one can delve into
_RUTE: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition_ by Paul Sheer, which you can
get either as a regular book in stores or for free as an HTML-format
book, gzipped:

http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/ -

Highly recommended.

> While a console would work fine to implement some sort of filter, what
> I want is to see a list of my email headers, then select the ones I
> want to delete and remove them from the server.

OK, _now_ you've described your problem a lot more precisely.  It still
doesn't follow that you need a graphical thing:  E.g., an ncurses-based
utility would suit, just fine.

I've never had to look for a utility of the sort you describe, so I turn
out not to be the right guy to ask.  Me, I prefer to have all my mail
land on _my_ SMTP server.  All sorts of problems then don't need to be
solved, because they never arise in the first place.  (For an example of
that sort of user interface, see mc.)

> I'd rather rather spend that time teaching myself IMAP and Fetchmail,
> like Bill suggested.

Seems promising!

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