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

Skylos skylos at gmail.com
Tue Mar 2 17:03:43 PST 2010

I wonder if there is a way of making the email get exposed as an atom or rss
feed, which you could then use a reader automation to poll.


On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 5:01 PM, Andrew Sweger <andrew at sweger.net> wrote:

> 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?
> >
> >
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>                                things can go wrong at once.
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