need to develop robust e-mail script

I need to develop a robust e-mail script.

To ensure durability, I have a database table with two fields: (1) email address and (2) email body. New rows are appended to continually.

I want to develop a perl script to read the table and send off the e-mails, then delete the entries that have been successfully mailed. The script will be invoked on a regular basis.

This is simple enough at face value. However, I need to handle situations like a clogged or down smtp server.  I have no experience with sendmail.

Also, can I benefit from socket-level e-mailing rather than sendmail, given that I have alot of mail to send at once?

If you have any insight and/or info on articles or scripts out there, please respond. I have just spent two hours searching and have not found anything.

Thanks, Stuart


 
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jmcgOwnerCommented:
Sendmail already incorporates stable queuing. It also handles retries when the receiving mail server is unresponsive. You only add complexity, not robustness, by trying to add a layer (a layer that will be much less thoroughly debugged) on top of what sendmail already does.

Check out the sendmail documentation to determine the flags or options that will work best for your task. For instance, a high-volume mailer will want to invoke sendmail with a queue-only option rather than the normal behavior of attempting delivery immediately.
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