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As a result of a long-running cron job, I have over 1,000 messages in my user's mailbox. What's the easiest way to delete them?

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If you want to delete all the messages, you can simply truncate the mailbox file for a user with the following command:

> /var/mail/username

(the greater than sign is not a prompt: you are in effect redirecting the output of nothing to the file, which will truncate it).

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