[Users] Wiped out my Inbox - Recovery?

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Fri Apr 22 23:55:35 CEST 2016

On Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:46:06 -0700, John Jason Jordan wrote:
>I have always had all new mail go into my Inbox, read it or delete it
>there, and later move the messages that I want to save to appropriate
>storage folders.
>Just now I created a new filter and applied it to the Inbox, and it
>wiped out everything in the folder - over a hundred messages that I was
>saving, but hadn't yet moved to other folders. Fortunately, it wiped
>out only the Inbox; it left the storage folders intact. Obviously
>something in the way I wrote the filter was wrong.
>Is there any way to recover the messages in my Inbox?

Immediately mounting the partition containing the mailbox dir read only
and using some undelete tool might bring you back some or all messages.

What exactly did the filter rule? POP? IMAP? Etc.?

It can't harm, before testing a filter rule that deletes mails, to
backup the current mailbox dir. In general you should update all your
data at least every few days.

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