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Checking, then printing a users email from a mailbox to lpr

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Hello

I am after a script that bascially checks a Unix/Linux standard users mailbox in /var/spool/mail/$USER then prints the email inside it to the lpr program. If the mailbox has zero bytes, the command is ignored, but if there is mail and it then prints it, the users mailbox is then moved to a different location and renamed to the system time & date. I guess the program would be run by cron say every 15 minutes or so. If there is a better solution around, then it would be also a great help.

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terageek earned 250 total points
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#!perl

use Fcntl qw/:flock/;

my ($USER) = $ARGV[0];
my ($NEW_FILE) = $ARGV[1];
my ($NEW_FILE) .= "/";
my @time = localtime;
# Date format YYYYMMDD
$NEW_FILE .= ($time[5] + 1900) . sprintf ("%0.2d", $time[4] + 1) . sprintf ("%0.2d", $time[3]);
$NEW_FILE .= "_";
# Time format HHMMSS
$NEW_FILE . sprintf ("%0.2d", $time[2]) . sprintf ("%0.2d", $time[1]) . sprintf ("%0.2d", $time[0]);

if (!-z "/var/spool/mail/$USER") {
    #Lock the mailbox to make sure mail isn't dumped in while we are messing with it
    open MBOX, "</var/spool/mail/$USER";
    flock (MBOX, LOCK_EX) or die "can't lock mailbox: $!";

   # Move the file, unlock it, and close the handle
    system "mv /var/spool/mai/$USER $NEW_FILE";
    flock (MBOX, LOCK_UN);
    close MBOX;

   # Now print the moved file
    system "lpr $NEW_FILE";
}

You need to pass to the program the user's name and an existing directory to stick the mail files.
Your printouts will get messy if there are attatchments.
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by:Zoist
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Thanks a lot mate!
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