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Posted on 2000-03-27
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Read the answer before, did this but failed

#!/usr/bin/perl
use strict;
use Mail::POP3Client;
print "Content-type: text/html", "\n\n";
my($POPServer) = 'my.mail.server';
my($user) = 'username';
my($password) = 'password';
my($pop) = new Mail::POP3Client($user, $password, $POPServer) || die "Unable to connect to $POPServer";
my($count, $i);
if ($count = $pop->Count)
{ print "$count Message";
  print 's' if $count > 1;
  print " Found:\n";
  for($i = 1; $i <= $count; $i++) { foreach ($pop->Head($i)) { print "\t$_\n" if m/^Subject/; } }
}
else { print "No Messages found\n"; }

keeps on getting "-1 Message Found". Why??!!
(Server is Apache on Unix)
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by:mrachow
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Dear yantz,
your statement my($pop)= ...
don't show you problems while trying to connect to the server. The die statement would "appear" if the creation of the new instance  Mail::POP3Client would fail. So there should be an error while trying to connect. Maybe the server name couldn't resolved.
Greetings
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by:yantz
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thanx for answering! The script works as though it did call my mailbox but my mail server log doesn't record any log in attempt!? server name did resolve, thru ping and tracert, and I am able to retrieve normally with Netcape messenger using the same server name. It worked though on NT running Xitami!
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Hi yantz,

over some days I had now used that code snippet and it had worked perfectly. No message found if there isn't any mail, number of mails if some are there and finally -1 if it wasn't possible to connect to the POP3 mailbox. In case of -1 I verified then with netscape messenger and he was unable to connect to POP3 although the server itself was up (ping successful).
So actually I have no idea if for you netscape works.
Greetings
Michael
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by:yantz
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Actually, I found out the problem. It was my dns servers... duh!! What I did was go into POP3Client and add "print" messages here and there to see where it went wrong. It stopped at "connect ($sockaddr, AF................)". Printing the variables I found $host to be junks!!?!! instead of real address, which in turn found that "gethostbyname" couldn't work properly. and why? simply because my name server is not up yet...duh. Now its working perfectly. Thanx
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