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Backup, backup and backup!!

A word to the wise, always make backups….. Particularly when you are testing a script that has the ability to delete emails!!!!!!!

LaCie Brick  250 GB

I was writing a script to delete some of my emails whilst I’m away, regular newsletters, advertising from holiday companies, you know the sort of stuff I’m talking about? Not spam, and not stuff I want to unsubscribe from – just stuff – stuff that I’ll only delete when I get home anyway.

Anyway, I screwed it up and an empty variable got passed into the cleanup script and has blown away my entire inbox. Luckily it’s my more spammy account that I signup to most things with, however I’m quite good at pruning it normally and it had over 700 posts in! GRR!

So a lesson, backup files and mailboxes before you run ANY automated scripts against them!
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This entry was posted on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at 1:21 pm and is filed under Email Clients. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Comments (2)


  1. Try this nice automated piece of backup software – will speak to local, USB and also NAS (i.e. devices on the LAN) as well


    Or if you want something with a bit more ‘clout’ – Backup Exec System Recovery is fantastic…

    Darren Cranniss last blog post..Keeping your valuable data safe!

  2. Keiron says:

    Watch this space…. I bought my backup system last week and installed it last night – very, very nice!

    Blog post coming soon!

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