Ran into a problem with Exchange. I created a server-side rule to place spam messages in a folder that didn’t exist. All spam was instead going to the root folder, the folder above my inbox. Well if you use Entourage to access Exchange you will not be able to access this folder. If you go into Outlook Web Access (OWA) you can navigate to the root user folder by clicking on “Folders”.
Unfortunately by this point I had like thousands and thousands of messages. There is no “Delete All” option in OWA. Craptacular. So moving on I mounted the server via WebDAV in finder (cmd k). The URL to mount will look something like:
If this folder is large navigating to it in Finder will be a horrific experience. Open Terminal.app and navigate to the mountpoint.
~/> cd /Volumes/username
Once again, if the folder is large
rm *.EML will not work as the wildcard expansion done by bash will exceed the length of the command-line itself (32K by default IIRC). Try this:
/Volumes/username> for i in $SRC; do rm "$i"; done
This will cleanup most, if not all, of the mess. Some files will not be removed due to escape characters and escaped escaped characters etc. Open the folder in Finder and delete the rest. There are def. more elegant ways to handle this from a scripting standpoint but this was quick and worked.Spencer Shimko 02 October 2008