Recovery of "Deleted" Email

Ian Batten igb at
Mon Aug 15 16:25:58 BST 2011

On 15 Aug 11, at 1035, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
> Email churns a *lot* - from memory, at Demon the mean lifetime of a
> message in the mailstore was 2 to 3 days, meaning that 30% to 50% of the
> files would be less than a day old. 

Although to be fair, back in the day that was a POP3 environment where the users downloaded the mail and deleted it from the server automatically (most POP3 client follow a RETR with a DELE unless you take special measures).  It will be different in either a webmail or an IMAP environment in which the users' primary copies reside on the server.


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