What files are automatically removed by the system?

These files are periodically cleaned or removed by the system. No files or information is ever removed that is less than one week old.

Type of File File Information Removal Information
Files named "scheme-suspend" Contains the complete state of a program running in the language "scheme". Removed if it hasn't been read in over one week. Rename to preserve.
Files with names starting with # By convention, unix programs give names that start with # to temporary files, to indicate that they should be automatically removed after a while. Removed if it hasn't been read in over one week. Rename to preserve.
Procmail logs Our mail system uses the program procmail to implement our spam filter, mail forwarding, auto-replies, etc. Procmail logs all incoming messages in ~/.procmail/procmail.log . Each week ~/.procmail/procmail.log is renamed ~/.procmail/procmail.log.old and an empty log file is created. The ~/.procmail/procmail.log.old file is over-written each week. To save a particular log file, rename it. To avoid this automatic cleaning, use a different name for the log file. These logs will count against your SEAS disk quota, so you should make other arrangements to delete them if you do not use our automatic service.
Old messages from spam folder Messages caught by our spam filter are placed in a mail folder named spamfolder. Messages are removed from the spamfolder if they arrived more than one month ago. To save a specific message, move it to another folder. To avoid this automatic cleaning, store your spam in a folder with a different name. The saved spam will count against your SEAS disk quota, so you should make other arrangements to delete old spam messages if you do not use our automatic service.
Move old messages in inbox Unlike most other mail servers, the SEAS mail server will not reject incoming mail if your inbox becomes too large. However, you are not permitted to store old mail in your inbox forever. If you have more than 250MB of messages that are older than 30 days, the oldest messages will be moved to a new mail folder, and you will be notified by email of the move. We think that this is preferable to rejecting incoming mail when you mailbox fills up. You can avoid this by deleting messages as you read them, and by moving messages that you want to save to other mail folders.

 

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