What fills email quota besides mail?

I’m guessing the answer to the subject line might be logs, perhaps spam logs. I run across mail accounts sometimes that all mail folders are empty yet the mailbox has 10’s of MB of space used.

What is it that uses up that space? Can it be globally purged?



Well, it’s a disk quota – so any file on the filesystem owned by that user would be counted towards that user’s quota.

You could run a command such as this to see what files on the filesystem are owned by them:

find / -user USERNAME

Thanks… I’m getting: invalid argument

Are you sure about the spelling of that particular username?

You can verify it’s the correct user by running:

id esteban.domain

You should get a set of uid’s and gid’s by running that command.


You were quite right… I was off a little on the username. The command you gave did indeed help me find some mail I had overlooked.

Thank you very much Eric.