mail.app, is there a way to delete mail from server

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  1. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    So, similar to use on a PC, I have my POP3 accounts setup so that any computer that I download mail to, and then DELETE this mail from the deleted items folder, it will update the server and not show it for download to OTHER computers or clients that I use to access the POP3 account.

    but, on the mail.app program, I cannot seem to find this very common setting. Is it somewhere that I am missing?
     
  2. sk3pt1c macrumors 6502a

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    i think you'll find something like this in the advanced settings
    i think it's "synchronize with server" or something like that
     
  3. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    hmm

    hmm, with a pop account?
    I didn't know there was a syncronization.
     
  4. VanNess macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe what you're looking for is in the Accounts section in Mail's preferences.

    Once you have pulled up accounts, select the account you want to edit, then select the Advanced tab. Check "Remove copy from server" and in the popup just below it, select when mail will actually delete the copy.
     
  5. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    so

    so, I have in accounts, advanced
    remove copy from server

    when moved from inbox,
    right away
    in a day
    in a week
    in a month

    should there be one there that says, when deleted from inbox?
     
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    You can also type CMD-I, which brings up a list of the contents of the mail server, and allows the deletion of selected e-mails from the server.
     
  7. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    so

    is what you are all telling me is that there is technically no DELETE from Server if deleted from inbox? That seems to be a pretty standard POP3 server protocol. I wonder why apple wouldn't have it
     
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I'm not entirely certain; in fact, I asked a similar question myself only about a week ago, and nobody seemed to know. If you'd like to perform a little experiment in the interests of science, you should try setting up your mailbox with "delete from server when removed from inbox" selected. One would think that deleting an e-mail is regarded by Mail as one method of removing it from the inbox. You can verify the behavior using the CMD-I server query I suggested earlier.

    Then you'll have the answer, and can tell all of us! :)
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    No, it's not part of the POP3 protocol. There is no way for a protocol to know whether or not you've deleted a file on your system. Many apps provide the service of deleting the message - via use of the POP3 protocol - when you delete it on your system (and, here, I mean of course mail you've downloaded and then are using an app to browse locally, as opposed to apps that merely show you what's on the server, in which case deleting it always deletes it on the server, because that's where you're looking). However, this is a feature, not part of the POP3 implementation.
     
  10. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Deleting an email removes it from your inbox. So if you have the option selected in preferences to remove mail from the server when it's moved from your inbox, then that will have the desired effect.
     
  11. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    so,

    so, setting the advance setting in the mail.app program to
    Remove from Server, AFTER MOVING FROM INBOX and then trying has no impact on the messages on the server.

    I tried sending an email, confirming it with webmail, deleting in, ala moving it from inbox, still showed up in webmail and therefore would be accessed by other clients accessing the same mail - pop3 server.

    Tried deleting from the TRASH in mail.app, then re GET MAIL, still showed up in webmail, and as well in other clients.

    Tried actually just MOVING from inbox, to another folder, had no impact at all, mail was still there on the server. Tried DELETING from a second folder and then emptying the trash, still on the mail server.

    Anyone know how to make SOMETHING work?
     
  12. cgratti macrumors 6502a

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    Is this what you want? Once you download your message to your inbox it will delete it from the server, if it doesn't contact your ISP it's a problem on their end. These are my settings and it works well for me.
     

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  13. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I've already told you how delete mail from the server in Mail, with or without downloading it beforehand. This works. I am also doubtful that the advanced settings do nothing, as I know they will delete mail after downloading it if it's set this way. Perhaps you should leave the other application out of the mix. Keep the settings as you previously described and check using Mail (cmd-I) to see if the e-mail you deleted in Mail is removed from the server. You might have to go through another mail pickup cycle for it to take effect.
     
  14. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    sure,

    that is where I have been working on, but selecting one of the options in the associated drop down box, for example, AFTER MOVING FROM INBOX, which deleting should in some way or another affect,

    but that doesn't happen, moving it out, sennding and resending mail and it still sits there.

    I have to say it, but all the pc's that I use using outlook, or outlook express have the setting, DELETE From server AFTER deleting from inbox, for example, which is GREAT since all the mail that I have read in one place that doesn't warrant any saving, I just delete and it doesn't show up on any of the other clients that I use.

    which is great, but on the mac client, when I delete stuff, like mailing list emails or whatever, it shows up still on ALL the other clients that I access such and such account with, which is just whacked!
     
  15. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    hi,

    hi, i hate to be a pain, but I was just saying up above that it doesn't work for some reason. Setting it to DELETE from SERVER with the drop down for example, AFTER MOVING FROM INBOX, does not delete it from the server from any of the pop3 account that I am accessing. When I do the CMD I, I still see all the mail ON the server. Maybe, does one need to close and open Mail.app to make this work?

    I didn't try that.
    does anyone else here use the drop downs to remove mail. Maybe it is a function of the variable. For those of you that are using this, are you using ALWAYS REMOVE AFTER DOWNLOADING?

    THAT might work
     
  16. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I have mine set to "remove from server after downloading right away" and it works as advertised. No, you should not have to restart Mail to make this work. I was only suggesting that perhaps Mail would need to reinitiate a contact with the server after the e-mail is deleted in Mail to tell it what happened locally.
     
  17. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    doesn't seem so

    so, it doesn't seem so, at least with the AFTER MOVING FROM INBOX setting selected. I have hit send and receive, close and open mail, send and receive and yet all the mail that is deleted is still on the server
     
  18. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Try setting it to "right away" and see if that works.
     
  19. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    will do

    will do, but I wouldn't leave it that way as I would need mail on other systems.
    Wierd that this, what I thought was an available protocol on the pop3 platform, doesn't appear to be on macs. I might have to script something CRAZY to make a work around.
     
  20. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I just tried setting one of my mail accounts to delete from server "when removed from Inbox" and it works as expected. Did you save the preference changes after you made them?
     
  21. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    It appears to be very much available, as I've just proven for myself.
     
  22. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    alrighty!

    well, I changed the settings to REMOVE from SERVER IMMEDIATLY when DOWNLOADEd and ran the test.

    First, I closed the application though and then reopoened. Had sent some email to myself, and then downloaded it after opening the program again.

    And what did it do, left the mail on the server for all other clients to download.

    Which they download, and then the one setup to download and remove from server after deleting, DELETED it just fine.

    I don't know what gives with this mail.app.
     
  23. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    As none of us (or at least few of us) have this problem, perhaps it's an issue with how Mail interacts with your ISP in particular, or some issue with you Mail preferences. But it is not a general problem with Mail.
     
  24. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    i'll try that

    although, it does seem a bit odd that it doesn't work with.

    yahoo.com pop accounts
    sbcglobal.net pop accounts,
    comcast.net pop accounts
    gmail.com pop accounts
    earthlink.com pop accounts
    mindspring.com pop accounts,

    at least not the ones I have.
     
  25. Snowy_River macrumors 68030

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    One thing that it might be good to bear in mind is that it doesn't seem to do things instantly when you have it set to "right away" or "When moved from Inbox", at least not for me. It seems to take 5 to 10 minutes to complete its process. Again, this is my observation. Your mailage may vary...
     

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