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Delete pop3 log

By Blackcurrant ·
Hi folks

I use Outlook Express on my home PC and enabled mail logging when I first started using it.

Over the last couple of months Outlook Express has been taking longer and longer to display the first message I choose to open. My mail store is located on a second HD and currently consumes 1.45GB of space.

I run Diskeeper 10 and automate the defragmentation process on all my drives - analysing the drive containing the email data shows no fragmented files, so the delay in opening the files is not due to fragmentation.

Today I was running a manual primary defragmentation job on my system drive and noticed that it was moving a file called pop3.log. The size of this file was reported as being a staggering 1.2GB!

Doing a little research I have discovered that it is supposed to be good practice to delete large pop3 and smtp log files as if they get too large they can degrade the performance of Outlook Express.

So - my question is this: can I safely delete the pop3.log file? I assume I can, but not being a pop3 afficionado, I wanted to check first :) Also, will deleting the file help to improve the performance of Outlook Express?


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by wcp In reply to Delete pop3 log

Why not renaming it or move it to a different place? If there seems no problem happening and/or OE running faster after that, then you can safely delete it.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to

Thanks. Renaming the file sorted it out

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by A. G. In reply to Delete pop3 log

Delete it and disable logging. Or just disable logging and see if that will delete it. I don't have is enabled on anything so I can't experiment.


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by Blackcurrant In reply to

Thanks. Deleting would have achieved the same result

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by w2ktechman In reply to Delete pop3 log

Both answers are good. I was going to suggest, backing it up and deleting it (or renaming it). A log file should not pose a problem if it is not there. If Outlook Express cannot find it, it should create a new one.
If it does not create a new one, then you should be able to create a blank one by taking the original, opening it up, and deleting content.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to

Thanks. Good advice.

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