[thelist] Dynamically 'Piping' the contents of an email account to a web page?

Marek Kilimajer kilimajer at webglobe.sk
Tue Sep 16 05:27:09 CDT 2003

I would use this solution:

Check your blog file, if it has not been modified last (say) 30 minutes, 
use POP3 functions to get new emails from your mail account and append 
(or prepend) it to the blog file with necessery formating.
Send content of the blog file to the browser.

Thomas Hebert wrote:
> First of all, I'd like to thank the many contributors to this list. I've 
> not seen the same combination of positive attitude and competent, 
> informed participation anywhere else on the web.
> Here's my question, is there a way to 'pipe' the contents of an email 
> account to a web page? I'd like to create a kind of distance-based 
> dairy, using an obscure address (something like 
> dfd7fgg6gh5 at mydomain.com) and sending emails to it from various places 
> around the world. I'd like to put in place 'something' (php/cgi/cron 
> job/?) that periodically grabs emails that I've directed to that account 
> and simply appends them to the bottom or top of an ever-growing HTML 
> page (i.e. www.mydomain.com/travels.htm)
> The environment I have to work with is Linux, PHP,and Sendmail on a 
> hosted account. Some kind of web -based blogging application is not 
> feasible because the link will never be a browser connection, but rather 
> an [expensive!] low data rate satellite connect via POP email. It can be 
> a shakey/non bounds-checked hack because it's not commercial - only I'll 
> be using it<smile>.
> Even the vaguest ideas about what might need to be done would be 
> appreciated.
> Gracias,
> Tom Hebert

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