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Old 12-09-2005, 03:28 PM   #1
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delete mail via shell script

I have a cron job on a Solaris box that uses mailx to list the mail headers and checks for a specific email header. Then, it is supposed to delete that email. Does anyone know a way to delete an email via a shell script? I would prefer to avoid parsing the mail file in /var/spool and would prefer to use mailx or another email client to script this.

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Old 12-10-2005, 09:24 AM   #2
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The Power of TCL

If you're familiar at all with TCL, Expect would be a good idea: From the webpage, "Expect is a tool for automating interactive applications such as telnet, ftp, passwd, fsck, rlogin, tip, etc. Expect really makes this stuff trivial." I believe some languages, like Python, may also provide wrappers around Expect methods.


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