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Thank you all for your insights and shared code. I have not replied since because I am still struggling with this. I have solved the first part: fetching a message from server, thanks to your input. I do something like this:

use Mail::IMAPClient; use Email::MIME; use Data::Dumper; my $imap = Mail::IMAPClient->new( Server => 'abc.com', User => 'xxx', Password => 'xxx', Ssl => 1, Uid => 1, # Starttls => 1, ); die "failed to instantiate." unless defined $imap; $imap->connect or die "Could not connect: $@\n"; my $folders = $imap->folders or die "List folders error: ", $imap->LastError, "\n"; print "Folders: @$folders\n"; $imap->select( 'INBOX' ) or die "Select 'INBOX' error: ", $imap->LastError, "\n"; my $list = $client->search('SUBJECT', 'a new email'); for my $msgid (@$list){ my $from = $client->get_header( $msgid, "From" ); my $subj = $client->get_header( $msgid, "Subject" ); my $bsdat = $client->fetch( $msgid, "bodystructure" ); my $bss = $client->body_string($msgid); my $parser = MIME::Parser->new(); $parser->output_to_core(0); # this saves message IN ONE BIG FILE, text+attachments togethe +r!!! # and the extension is '.txt'!!!! $parser->extract_nested_messages(1); $parser->output_under('./out'); my $entity = $parser->parse_data($bss); # $entity->parts does not give me the parts # even if message is 'Content-type: MULTIPART/mixed' }

I am still struggling with the 2nd part: unwrap a message to local disk, each attachment on its own file. And I am looking for a way to do that seemingly simple and solved-by-now problem either by MIME::Parser or some other package. Alas the prospects look bleak.

The above was put together with code from NERDVANA, Discipulus, talexb !

p.s. edit: my bandwidth is very limited so in order to test this I have setup a minimal mail server (dovecot) in my linux box without the ability to smtp or ssl (to keep things simple). I have used thunderbird in order to copy my multipart test email from a "real" email account's INBOX to the localhost dummy (using 'copy to' in thunderbird) and now I can do the testing without using the net or bothering my MailSP. Of course I could have just saved the email into a file and read from there ...


In reply to Re: How to get started with scraping my IMAP emails by bliako
in thread How to get started with scraping my IMAP emails by bliako

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