What do the flags in a Maildir message filename mean

imapmaildir

I'm cleaning up some old Maildir folders, and finding messages with names like:

1095812260.M625118P61205V0300FF04I002DC537_0.redoak.cise.ufl.edu,S=2576:2,ST

They don't show up in my IMAP client, so I presume there's some semaphore indicating the message already got moved somewhere else. Is that the case, and can the files be deleted without remorse?

Best Solution

The 'M' is just part of the unique filename and has nothing to do with the fact that the mail doesn't show up in mail clients.

The 'T' at the end of the filename, after the ':' sign, however tells the IMAP server that this message is Trashed.

See http://cr.yp.to/proto/maildir.html

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