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Re: Most reliable mail module

by lhoward (Vicar)
on Mar 13, 2002 at 12:15 UTC ( #151354=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Most reliable mail module

I prefer to use MIME::Lite for generating the email itself and Net::SMTP for sending the email. MIME::Lite for me is a no-brainer because it makes it totally painless to add attachments, etc. I like to use Net::SMTP when it comes to actually sending the mail for a few reasons:

  • better error handling - you are controlling the SMTP exchange so if there are any errors anywhere in the process you can handle them exactly how you want to (you can switch to a fallback mailserver, queue the message for later, or something else).
  • significantly faster than forking off a sendmail process.
The power of Net::SMTP comes at a price: more code. It won't be a one or two liner to send mail anymore because you'll need to handle the complete SMTP transaction with error checking, etc.

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