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Searching using Mail::IMAPClient on exchange

by Anonymous Monk
on Aug 03, 2005 at 08:27 UTC ( #480393=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

Hi monks.

I'm having a problem reading mail from an exahcnge 5.5 server using Mail::ImapClient;

As far as I can see it should be pretty straightforward, I've read the perl module documentation and checked out RFC2060 which gives specifics about the IMAP SEARCH command but I can't seem to get this supposedly simple thing to work.

The following code should login to the mail box and do a search for any mails that have 'test' in the subject header.

#!perl use strict; use Mail::IMAPClient; my $server='xxx'; my $user='yyy'; my $password='zzz'; my $imap=new Mail::IMAPClient( Server=>$server, User=>$user, Password=>$password ) or die "Cannot connect to \"$server\" as \"$user\" : $!"; my @search=("SUBJECT","test"); $imap->search(@search) or warn "Search error\n"; my @results = $imap->Results; foreach(@results) {print "Result : \"$_\"\n";} print "Inbox count : ".$imap->message_count('inbox');

But instead of retrieving the mails in question it just returns.

Search error Result : "2 UID SEARCH SUBJECT test " Result : "2 BAD SEARCH command received in invalid state. " Inbox count : 6

Whatever search fields I put into the search array I get he same error but the $imap->message_count always seem to work fine which indicates that I am successfully able to login to the account and retrieve information, it's just the syntax of the search command that seems to be the issue.

Could any monks offer any advice?

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Re: Searching using Mail::IMAPClient on exchange
by rob_au (Abbot) on Aug 03, 2005 at 11:07 UTC
    You need to select the mailbox (folder) against which you wish to perform the search first using the select method - If you do not know the hierarchy, separators and namespace of your IMAP mail store, the folders and namespace methods may be useful.

    For example:

    my @folders = $imap->folders; foreach my $folder (@folders) { $imap->select($folder) or die('Cannot select IMAP folder - ', $@); if ($imap->search(@search)) { push @results, $imap->Results; } }


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