Cleaning out a large Pine Inbox

  1. Log in to your UDelNet account using the Secure Shell (SSH) program.
  2. If you do not have a copy of this program on your computer, you can download a free copy for a Windows computer. Or if you use a Macintosh computer, you can use the "Terminal" program that is located in your Utilities folder under Applications on your computer.

  3. To see the size of your Inbox, at the (%) prompt, type

    ls  -l  /var/mail/username

where username is your UDelNet ID. (Your UDelNet ID is only your username, not your full UD email address. Therefore, do not include the ending.)

  1. Press ENTER. You will see a number that tells you how much disk space your INBOX is using. See the example below.
  2. At the (%) prompt, type pine
  1. Press ENTER.
  2. Delete and expunge messages you don't need from your Inbox.
  3. Press Q to exit Pine.
  4. Recheck your Inbox disk space using the command in step 2 above.
  5. If your Inbox still exceeds its disk space limit, start Pine again and continue to delete and expunge messages from your Inbox.
  6. When your account is below your disk space limit, at the (%) prompt, type exit
  7. Press ENTER.
  8. Close any windows you no longer need.


If your UDelNet ID (username) was "dottie," at the (%) prompt, you would type

ls -l /var/mail/dottie

and then press ENTER.

You would receive a system response similar to the following:

-rw------- 1 dottie other 3103774 May 18 10:45 /var/mail/dottie

This information indicates that dottie has 3,103,774 bytes of data in her Inbox. Remember, 1,000,000 bytes of data is approximately 1MB. Therefore, dottie has over 3MB of data in her Inbox. She would need to delete (remove) email messages from her account until her disk space usage is below her limit.