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I have a folder on an imap server which contains ~100k emails and trying to select them all and press delete seems to crash thunderbird (7.

Is there any way i can delete these messages from thunderbird?

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Other people who got assaulted at thier e-mail server similarly, who's mail clents could not even access it without crashing, would contact the people running the server, and ask them to fix it there. Myself I would try a macro and 100 at a time, before I gave up. – Psycogeek Oct 6 '11 at 10:21
I've managed to delete them by doing a few times: select all ( ctrl+a ) then delete ( del ) then wait for crash, click restart tb. Was hoping for an extension or something like move all messages to trash on the context menu of a folder. – Iulian Margarintescu Oct 6 '11 at 10:29
Sounds like a case where the admin of your imap server can help you. Through the shell it's extremely easy to delete everything from a folder. – ThiefMaster Oct 30 '11 at 16:13

There were several memory management bugs in Thunderbird associated with performing actions on very large batches of emails. I think newer builds have many of these bugs fixed so try the newest build of TB and see if that helps.

  • Look through comments of bug 398684 for more details.
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