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cleanpop [-D directory] [-f configfile] [-l logfile] [-d datafile] [-m mboxfile]
cleanpop logs into your POP3 server and deletes messages which have had a local (or remote) spam header added to them, as well as messages that have been on the server for longer than a user-configurable amount of time. cleanpop helps you keep your POP3 mailbox clean, so you can use webmail or download messages from your POP3 server to other machines without having to deal with spam. cleanpop also prevents your POP3 mailbox from filling up by purging old messages.
cleanpop never deletes an unfetched message because it correlates messages from your local mbox file with messages on the POP3 server. cleanpop is fast because it keeps a local cache of the server's UIDL message info; it only reads the headers of unseen emails from the POP server.
cleanpop can be run from the user's crontab. The following entry launches cleanpop every 15 minutes, and writes output to a logfile in the user's home directory.
0,15,30,45 * * * * cleanpop -l cleanpop.log
The file format is similar to other Unix configuration files. Comments begin with a character and extend to the end of the line. Blank lines are ignored. Configuration commands consist of a keyword, followed by an equal sign, and then a value. A sample configuration might look as follows:
server = pop3.isp.net user = waldo pass = 1234 expires = 2 months spamheader = ^(?-i:X-CRM114-Status: SPAM|X-CRM114-Action:)
Copyright 2003 Gary Gurevich.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.
Gary Gurevich <email@example.com>