SPUG: standard way for a web app to handle incoming email?

Brian E. Lozier brian at massassi.com
Tue Mar 2 16:48:25 PST 2010

There are dozens or more modules on CPAN that can check mail --
depends on how you want to access it, POP3 or IMAP are easiest... not
sure why you'd want to parse the files directly.  Set up a cron job on
your server to periodically check for new messages, parse them, do
whatever.  If they are submitting pictures or other attachments you
need to either get one that decodes or pair it with another module
that can decode (search Email::MIME).

On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM, Phil Mitchell <phil at 2people.org> wrote:
> For my perl/catalyst web app, Bikewise.org, we want to automate the process
> of receiving updates from users via email. IOW, user sends email to
> update at bikewise.org and we parse the contents and update the database
> accordingly.
> As I sat down to think this through, I realized I have no idea how this is
> done. The app is hosted on a virtual server, and relies on a separate mail
> server that's run by my hosting provider. Do I need access to the raw mail
> files on the server? Is there a standard way to set this up?
> --
> Bikewise: http://www.bikewise.org
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