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getting a global mailbox and splitting it up

by stephan (Initiate)
on Jul 16, 2000 at 02:12 UTC ( #22739=categorized question: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
Contributed by stephan on Jul 16, 2000 at 02:12 UTC
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if i have a global mailbox on a mail server (eg. all mail to that domain gets dumped into one mailbox) and i download this mailbox from the server (to a remote dialup mail server), is there a way (or an existing script) to break the one large mailbox into the different mailboxes and distributing it on the local system?

Answer: getting a global mailbox and splitting it up
contributed by nuance

I do exactly this, but I use the mail system to do it (i.e. you don't need a perl script). I have found qmail to be perfectly suited to this task. Qmail will allow any user to control an entire domain or even several domains. I use a script called qmtppull that gets mail from a remote mailbox and injects it into the local mail system, where it gets delivered normally.

This isn't really a perl answer, but sometimes there are better ways to do it and I think that this is one of them. I brought this up because I was going to try doing this job with perl, but found (in my case anyway) a better way.

Answer: getting a global mailbox and splitting it up
contributed by lhoward

Depends how you want to do it. I personally use fetchmail in conjunction with some procmail rules to get mail from a single remore mailbox and deliver it into multiple local mailboxes. You could do the same yourself in perl using the Net::POP3 module for retrieval and Net::SMTP for local delivery. There are other alternatives too.

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