[thelist] Put emails into database (ASP)

Matt Warden mwarden at gmail.com
Sun Jul 24 18:20:14 CDT 2005

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Kevin Stevens wrote:
> OK, I think I know what you are saying. If I have understood this
> correctly then I think there is a problem. The e-mails come from the
> charity's account (wherever that is) but the new site will be on my
> server.

I'm not sure we're on the same page. Is this list of yours a two-way
discussion list (this is what I assumed, since you said a list like
thelist), or an announcement style list, where the only ones sending
out emails will be the site owners?

> Also, isn't Mailman a Perl based program, will it work with an
> ASP site?

I was just using mailman as an example, since you mentioned that your
list would be like thelist.

> I suppose what I imagine is, for example, if an evolt e-mail was sent to
> my Rat King account, is there a program I can install on the Rat King
> site that will store the e-mail into a database that I can then search
> through the subject, author and text?

Yes, it's called an email client. :)

But, what you probably want, which I alluded to in my last email, is
for your script to access the mail server via POP every x minutes,
download the latest messages, store them into a database, etc. Then
you would have another script that would search that database.

> Or am I gonna have to learn Perl?  :)

I am pretty sure you don't need to know Perl to work with mailman
(and, actually, I think mailman is written in in python, but I could
be wrong). It's up to you whether you want to use mailman, as you said
your list will be pretty low traffic.

Or, alternatively, you could just buy a hosted mailman plan. f2o.org
has one for $4/month: http://poppi.f2o.org/hosting/

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