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Perl module P410
Automated Email Answering
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module P410. This topic is presented on public course Using Perl on the Web

Using Perl to answer emails from tasks as simple as sending an automated acknowledgement through to providing fully fledged systems based on email and their content. List servers such as majordomo are written in Perl after all!


Articles and tips on this subjectupdated
2235Sending awkward characters by email in Perl
Carrying on from the email work I described in a recent article, I wrote an example today in Perl where I used the mailx program to send an email, piping to it in a system call via an echo. For a one-liner, without special characters in the text, this is easy ... but to get echo to pass through all ...
2009-06-12
 
2232Why sendmail one way, and pop3 the other?
When you send emails, you'll use a "sendmail" protocol / service, whereas when you receive them, you'll typically use a "pop3" or similar protocol / service. Why not use just one protocol for all the stages of email transmission? Well in sendmail protocol, the client program pushes the email to a ...
2009-06-12
 
872Email metrics
How many emails do YOU get each day? How many of them are unsolicited bulk emails that you throw away without evening opening them, or have your server reject? A long time ago, I wrote a PHP script that gives me a quick traffic graph looking back a number of weeks so that I can spot a changing pattern ...
2008-09-15
 
Examples from our training material
am2   Emailing from a Perl script to a variety or recipients
automail   Emailing from a Perl Script
mailsender.pl   Mail form - sending email from Perl
pop3.pl   Using POP3 protocol to read emails into a Perl program
Background information
Some modules are available for download as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License for free download from [here].
Topics covered in this module
Cron, at and batch.
Can I find the user's name?
Mailing modules from the CPAN.
Using SMTP directly - RFC 821 and 822.
Reading email via POP3.
Automatic processing of emails.
An email responder.
Using autosend / autoreceive to pass firewalls.
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