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Old 04-08-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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How to dump emails to files?

Hello! I'm trying to come up with a script to extract data from emails. I have many servers in different cities emailing stats to a server at home office. Now I need a script to sort each mail by cities and dump data to separate files. My initial approach is to run a script to process /var/mail/mystat. "mystat" being the unique account setup just for this purpose. Using bunch of shell commands in a script, I am trying to generate separate files. What I am wondering is...Is there a more elegant way to do this? Or is this the pretty much the only approach one can take? Thanks for yoru time!
Old 04-08-2008, 03:22 PM   #2
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A better approach is probably to set up a mail alias to a script that will parse each email as it arrives and then does what you want with the data that is parsed.


Old 04-08-2008, 06:31 PM   #3
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You could either use Maildir format in which each message is a separate file, or at lease use a mbox to maildir converter to convert the mbox file into separate files as the first step in your procerssing


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