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Manual Reference Pages  -  POPCHECK (1)

NAME

popcheck - see (and possibly delete) messages waiting on a POP server

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Options
Caveats
Author

SYNOPSIS

popcheck [-s pop3_server] [-u pop3_user] [-p pop3_password] [-o filename] [-i filename]

DESCRIPTION

The command popcheck is a simple program which will let you see a list of all messages waiting on a POP server and possibly delete some or all of them.

popcheck can work in interactive mode (default) or in batch mode (-o and -i options).

OPTIONS

The following options are available from the command line:

-s Selects the POP mail server.
-u Selects the mail account on the mail server.
-p Provides the password for accessing the mail account. If the password is not provided on the command line (recommended, since providing the password on the command line lets other system users see it, eg. by means of the ’ps’ command) the user will be prompted for one.
-i Run in batch mode. Read a list of messages from specified file and tell the POP server to delete these messages.
USE THIS OPTION WITH EXTRA CARE, OR RISK MAIL LOSS.
-o Run in batch mode. Store the collected information in the specified file.

INTERACTIVE OPERATION

You are presented with a list of messages and can mark some of them for deletion.

Keys available during interactive operation:

UP, p       - Up one line
DOWN, n     - Down one line
PGUP, -     - Up one page
PGDN, space - Down one page
d           - Mark/Unmark message
s           - Exit and save changes
q           - Exit without saving anything

BATCH MODE OPERATION

Run popcheck with the -o switch first to make a textfile with all messages, including numbers and sizes.

Edit this file and remove all lines describing mail you want to keep.

Make sure the only lines in the file are those describing the mails you want to REMOVE. Please double-check because there is no turning-back after you execute popcheck with the -i switch.

Run popcheck with the -i switch. All messages matching the message numbers and sizes (in the file) will be removed from the POP server.

CAVEATS

Please note that you run this program on your own risk. It’s very easy to remove messages that you want to remove, but also to remove messages that you didn’t want to remove. BE CAREFUL.

AUTHOR

Staffan Hamala <staham@algonet.se>

SEE ALSO

in.pop3d(8)

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