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Howto Post Email via Hotmail

by demerphq (Chancellor)
on Oct 22, 2002 at 14:08 UTC ( #207081=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

demerphq has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi, im sorry about posting a low effort post like this, but im stuck for something and without time to sort out a solution quickly myself due to other repsonsibilities.

Basically the situation is this: I've finally got smoke testing of the bleadperl set up under Win32 using VC6 and VC7. This basically builds the latest version of perl under all of the various configurations and then generates a report of what fails, succeeds etc. The problem is that I want to automatically email the report to the appropriate development mailing list, but have no access to anything other than HTTP. So what I figured I would do is sign up for a hotmail account dedicated to this purpose and then get hotmail to handle the SMTP side of things. However under the time constraints I am I dont really want to hack this out myself. So if anybody out there knows of or has a script that can do this then I would be very much obliged if you would let me know.

In defence of the minimal effort of this post, at least the smoke testing benefits the overall perl community (or at least the win32 part... :-)

Cheers, and thanks for the tolerance.

--- demerphq
my friends call me, usually because I'm late....

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Re: Howto Post Email via Hotmail
by nothingmuch (Priest) on Oct 22, 2002 at 14:15 UTC
    Hotmail is a tricky one...
    I'd suggest making an authenticated formmail, that you can access and host somewhere private... I think that you should perhaps try to implement something like APOP authentication. The reason for this is that hotmail will probably change a lot, and has heaps of cookie stuff, and passport stuff, and whatever... Perhaps newmail.net can also be of help, as it's interface has not changed since 1997, and it's simple...

    If you want me to have fun making an APOP derived authenticator, lemme know, because i think it'll be fun.

    -nuffin
    zz zZ Z Z #!perl
Re: Howto Post Email via Hotmail
by Schemer (Scribe) on Oct 22, 2002 at 16:40 UTC
    You might want to have a look at HTTPMail. Here is a snippet from their site:

    HTTPMail is a project to document the HTTPMail protocol used for Hotmail. It also aims to allow other mail clients to use Hotmail.

    Also there is getwmail and Gotmail (both are coded in Perl).

    I don't know though if posting is supported with those tools, but fetching works fairly well.

    Good luck!
      None of these nor HotWay support posting. They're all just HTTPMail to POP gateways, SMTP to HTTPMail is not done by any of them.

      Makeshifts last the longest.

        Well, since they are written in Perl and already access the service I thought extending them would be pretty easy.

        And no, they're not 'all just HTTPMail to POP gateways'.
Re: Howto Post Email via Hotmail
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Oct 22, 2002 at 14:09 UTC
    For the record I googled and super searched for something that looked promising without much success....

    UPDATE: Also I dont care if I can obtain (recieve/pick up) mail (I will not be doing so), nor do I care anything about the email site, except that it has to be HTTP and free....

    Thanks...

    :-)

    --- demerphq
    my friends call me, usually because I'm late....

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