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How can I stop Thunderbird from constantly asking if I want to compact my folders?

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How can I stop Thunderbird from constantly asking if I want to compact my folders?

How can I stop Thunderbird from constantly asking if I want to compact my folders?

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  1. Go to Tools > Options > Advanced > General, then click on Config Editor.
  2. Click I accept the risk, to continue to the Config Editor.
  3. Search for the preference mail.purge.ask
  4. Double-click on it to change the value to False.

Background When you delete a message, it doesn’t really get deleted from the folder. It gets marked as deleted. Thunderbird sees that marking, and knows not to display the message. Compacting a folder will command Thunderbird to remove all messages marked as deleted from that folder.

  • To compact all folders on demand, go to the File menu and select Compact Folders.
  • To compact an individual folder, right-click on the folder and select Compact.

For more detailed information, check out the following article: Compacting folders

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user01229325 2241 solutions 10216 answers

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Actually doing it would be the first step.

Actually doing it would be the first step.

Question owner

Thanks, smart a*s.

Thanks, smart a*s.
user01229325 2241 solutions 10216 answers

Considering the details you provided it seems appropriate. Have you compacted lately?

Considering the details you provided it seems appropriate. Have you compacted lately?

Question owner

No. Don't want to.

No. Don't want to.
user01229325 2241 solutions 10216 answers

How did I guess you were one of Those people? It is a normal maintenance item. You risk data corruption if you continue to ignore. I agree it is poorly named, but I suggest you read this and start doing it.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/compacting-folders

Now you are on your own. Good luck.

How did I guess you were one of Those people? It is a normal maintenance item. You risk data corruption if you continue to ignore. I agree it is poorly named, but I suggest you read this and start doing it. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/compacting-folders Now you are on your own. Good luck.
Wayne Mery
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OFFTHECLOCK said

How can I stop Thunderbird from constantly asking if I want to compact my folders?

Please describe this in more detail.

  • If you compacted and it is still asking, then say so.
  • If you don't want it to compact at all, please describe why and what you tried so far to to make it stop
  • etc
''OFFTHECLOCK [[#question-1225337|said]]'' <blockquote> How can I stop Thunderbird from constantly asking if I want to compact my folders? </blockquote> Please describe this in more detail. * If you compacted and it is still asking, then say so. * If you don't want it to compact at all, please describe why and what you tried so far to to make it stop * etc
Wayne Mery
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> I agree it is poorly named, but I suggest you read this and start doing it.

To elaborate - compact is part of normal, good Thunderbird hygiene. You are probably seeing it now because it was broken for a while and was fixed in a recent update

> I agree it is poorly named, but I suggest you read this and start doing it. To elaborate - compact is part of normal, good Thunderbird hygiene. You are probably seeing it now because it was broken for a while and was fixed in a recent update

Question owner

Thanks.

Thanks.
Chris Ilias
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Chosen Solution

  1. Go to Tools > Options > Advanced > General, then click on Config Editor.
  2. Click I accept the risk, to continue to the Config Editor.
  3. Search for the preference mail.purge.ask
  4. Double-click on it to change the value to False.

Background When you delete a message, it doesn’t really get deleted from the folder. It gets marked as deleted. Thunderbird sees that marking, and knows not to display the message. Compacting a folder will command Thunderbird to remove all messages marked as deleted from that folder.

  • To compact all folders on demand, go to the File menu and select Compact Folders.
  • To compact an individual folder, right-click on the folder and select Compact.

For more detailed information, check out the following article: Compacting folders

# Go to '''Tools > Options > Advanced > General''', then click on '''Config Editor'''. # Click '''I accept the risk''', to continue to the Config Editor. # Search for the preference '''mail.purge.ask''' # Double-click on it to change the value to '''False'''. <u>Background</u> When you delete a message, it doesn’t really get deleted from the folder. It gets ''marked'' as deleted. Thunderbird sees that marking, and knows not to display the message. Compacting a folder will command Thunderbird to remove all messages marked as deleted from that folder. * To compact all folders on demand, go to the '''File''' menu and select '''Compact Folders'''. * To compact an individual folder, right-click on the folder and select '''Compact'''. For more detailed information, check out the following article: [[Compacting folders]]

Question owner

Thank you for an informative reply that actually answers the question and provides a clear statement of what compacting does. That is refreshing after the initial snide remarks from others.

Thank you for an informative reply that actually answers the question and provides a clear statement of what compacting does. That is refreshing after the initial snide remarks from others.
silverfox5678 1 solutions 19 answers

OFFTHECLOCK said

How can I stop Thunderbird from constantly asking if I want to compact my folders?

Dear Offtheclok,

I have the same requirement. I don't want to delete emails. Does "mail.purge.ask false" only stop the asking.

But that I mean will taking that action stop Compaction to happen automatically, without my knowledge please.

I know there are other options for taking backuos of emails in Thunderbird. And I;ll investigate them. For example ImportExportTools doesn't yet work with Thunderbird v 60 on my system.

''OFFTHECLOCK [[#question-1225337|said]]'' <blockquote> How can I stop Thunderbird from constantly asking if I want to compact my folders? </blockquote> Dear Offtheclok, I have the same requirement. I don't want to delete emails. Does "mail.purge.ask false" only stop the asking. But that I mean will taking that action stop Compaction to happen automatically, without my knowledge please. I know there are other options for taking backuos of emails in Thunderbird. And I;ll investigate them. For example ImportExportTools doesn't yet work with Thunderbird v 60 on my system.
Chris Ilias
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Hi silverfox5678, This thread was marked as solved by the person who asked the original question. You should use https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/new where volunteers can get more details about your setup.

Because this thread is solved and more people might start using it for their own questions, I'm going to lock it.

Hi silverfox5678, This thread was marked as solved by the person who asked the original question. You should use https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/new where volunteers can get more details about your setup. Because this thread is solved and more people might start using it for their own questions, I'm going to lock it.