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Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006


(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)

imap_delete --  Mark a message for deletion from current mailbox


bool imap_delete ( int imap_stream, int msg_number [, int options] )

Returns TRUE.

imap_delete() marks messages listed in msg_number for deletion. The optional flags parameter only has a single option, FT_UID, which tells the function to treat the msg_number argument as a UID. Messages marked for deletion will stay in the mailbox until either imap_expunge() is called or imap_close() is called with the optional parameter CL_EXPUNGE.

Note: POP3 mailboxes do not have their message flags saved between connections, so imap_expunge() must be called during the same connection in order for messages marked for deletion to actually be purged.

Example 1. imap_delete() example


$mbox = imap_open("{imap.example.org}INBOX", "username", "password")
    or die("Can't connect: " . imap_last_error());

$check = imap_mailboxmsginfo($mbox);
echo "Messages before delete: " . $check->Nmsgs . "<br />\n";

imap_delete($mbox, 1);

$check = imap_mailboxmsginfo($mbox);
echo "Messages after  delete: " . $check->Nmsgs . "<br />\n";


$check = imap_mailboxmsginfo($mbox);
echo "Messages after expunge: " . $check->Nmsgs . "<br />\n";


See also: imap_undelete(), imap_expunge(), and imap_close().

Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006