[X-Newbies] How to get Mail.app to delete mail on server.

Peter Saint James peterstj at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 1 05:58:06 PDT 2005

On 29 Sep 2005, at 2:11 AM, Aldo Johnson wrote:

> I thought the "Right away" selection means that e-mails are removed  
> from the server as they are downloaded, right away, but it doesn't  
> do that. After downloading my e-mail, I went to the webmail version  
> of my e-mail account. The e-mails are still there, in my mailbox.

         Actually "right away" means sort of right away.  What  
happens is that Mail downloads all the messages then goes back and  
removes them from the server in one batch.  If something interrupts  
the process--for example, the connection goes down--they do not get  
removed from the server.

         Every few months, I use webmail to check what's sitting on  
the server and I usually find that one day something hiccuped and a  
day's worth of old messages are sitting there gathering dust.

         I have heard of others having the problem of Mail never  
removing messages from the server--so you're not alone.  I have not  
heard of a solution, but one must exist.  If you sniff around places  
like macosxhints and the Apple website, you may uncover discussion of  

         Sorry I could not be more helpful.


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