2009-06-06 Spam Makes Sending Mail Harder

Here I am trying to send mail using some Perl module. But most of them seem to be written for the last millenium. They work best with a local SMTP host. For my own needs, that no longer works. The webhost doesn’t have a sendmail binary available. The SMTP hosts I can reach require SSL and TLS authentication. Now I’m slowly digging into MIME::Entity, Mail::Internet, Mail::Mailer, Net::SMTP, Net::SMTP::SSL, Net::SMTP::TLS… :( 👎

After experimenting with the four or five mail accounts I have access to, I was finally able to get the following to work:

my $from = 'kensanata@gmail.com';
my $to = $from;
my $host = 'mail.epfarms.org';
my $user = 'alex';
my $password = '*secret*';

use MIME::Entity;
my $mail = new MIME::Entity->build(To => $to,
				   From => $from,
				   Subject => 'test',
				   Path => '/Users/alex/test.html',
				   Type => 'text/html');

use Net::SMTP::TLS;
my $smtp = Net::SMTP::TLS->new($host,
			       User => $user,
			       Password => $password,
			       Debug => 1);
$smtp->mail($from); # sender
$smtp->to($to);     # recipient



Well, theoretically at least it should now be possible to subscribe to comment pages!

AlexSchroeder 2009-06-06 16:43 UTC

Guess not, because the webhost doesn’t have Net::SMTP::TLS installed. 👎

AlexSchroeder 2009-06-06 16:58 UTC

I think it works after all! Luckily I wrote my script such that it gets the page content and subscriber list via ordinary HTTP requests, so the cron job that sends out emails can run anywhere on the net. This one is running on a server hosted by Eggplant Farms.

AlexSchroeder 2009-06-07 13:25 UTC

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