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What're some good ways of notifying a perl script of an incoming email?

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Contributed by ApoxyButt on May 09, 2002 at 14:57 UTC
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Assume I have access to the major email programs.

Answer: What're some good ways of notifying a perl script of an incoming email?
contributed by vagnerr

If you are Unix based, I would definatly recomend that you look at procmail. (man "procmail" or "procmailrc")

Answer: What're some good ways of notifying a perl script of an incoming email?
contributed by tye

The typical solution is to put | myPerlScript
in your .forward file. However, this feature is often disabled because of its power and ease of abuse.

Answer: What're some good ways of notifying a perl script of an incoming email?
contributed by superfrink

tye pointed out the .forward file. I don't believe qmail uses that file. Instead the ~/.qmail file gets used. See the dot-qmail man page for details about the .qmail file. Read the man page because your program's exit codes are important to qmail. My /home/frink/.qmail file looks like this:

| /home/frink/scripts/email-spam-keywords.pl ./Mailbox
Answer: What're some good ways of notifying a perl script of an incoming email?
contributed by solszew

If you use sendmail, you can build a perl milter - look at the source code for "mimedefang", or visit www.milter.org for details regarding milters in general.

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