Recovery of "Deleted" Email

Ian Johnson Ian.Johnson at
Mon Aug 15 18:19:09 BST 2011

As a very long term demon customer (since 95). I'm still using pop. Until adsl I used pure smtp for mail. Since pop3. As I collect mail on many devices, my main server is configured to download & delete, all of my other devices to just download. 


irj at

On 15 Aug 2011, at 16:26, "Ian Batten" <igb at> wrote:

> 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.
> ian

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