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

Andrew Sweger andrew at sweger.net
Tue Mar 2 17:01:44 PST 2010

As far as getting the mail to the server, I'm a fan of using the fetchmail
utility that takes care of periodically checking the email account for new
messages, retrieving them, and then feeding them to whatever program you
write that then parses the message for content.

I thought email was dead in this age of twitterdom.

On Tue, 2 Mar 2010, Phil Mitchell 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?

Andrew B. Sweger -- The great thing about multitasking is that several
                                things can go wrong at once.

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