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How to check pop3 email account and dump to a text file

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I've been playing with some php code run from the command line on Debian Linux that checks a pop3 email box then dumps to the screen.  What I'm trying to do now is get the array output to dump to a text file.  I don't care if it still outputs to the screen I just also want it to dump to a text file.

The way this is now all I get is literally the word ' array ' in my test.txt file.

I'm using php5 and Debian stable


// Parse message

    $message = implode('', $message);
 

    // Return array

    $email = array();

    $email['message'] = $message;

    $email['headers'] = $headers;
 

    return $email;
 

}
 

$output = fopen("test.txt", "a");

fwrite($output, $email);

fclose($f);
 
 

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by:awessel
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That's because what you're passing to fwrite() is an array.  Try this:

fwrite($output, implode("\n", $email));
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by:razorwoods
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I made that change and now I am getting output to the text file, however it's just the ' message ' portion.  The ' headers ' portion is not being output to the text file, but the headers are being output to the screen on the command line.


    // Return array

    $email = array();

    $email['message'] = $message;

    $email['headers'] = $headers;
 

    return $email;
 

}
 

$output = fopen("test.txt", "a");

fwrite($output, implode("\n", $email));

fclose($output);

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by:awessel
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When you parse the message, that's a procedure call, right?  What's the line where you call the procedure?
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by:razorwoods
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Here is the entire parse section and output.




    $email = parse_email ($email);
 

    echo '<b>From: </b>' . htmlentities($email['headers']['From']) . '<br />';

    echo '<b>Subject: </b>' . htmlentities($email['headers']['Subject']) . '<br /><br />';

    echo '<b>Date: </b>' . htmlentities($email['headers']['Date']) . '<br /><br />';

    echo nl2br(htmlentities($email['message']));

    echo '<hr />';
 
 

    // Remove from mail server

    $do = $pop3->delete_mail ($i);

    if ($do == false) {

        echo $pop3->error;

    }

}
 

$pop3->close();
 

function parse_email ($email) {

    // Split header and message

    $header = array();

    $message = array();
 

    $is_header = true;

    foreach ($email as $line) {

        if ($line == '<HEADER> ' . "\r\n") continue;

        if ($line == '<MESSAGE> ' . "\r\n") continue;

        if ($line == '</MESSAGE> ' . "\r\n") continue;

        if ($line == '</HEADER> ' . "\r\n") { $is_header = false; continue; }
 

        if ($is_header == true) {

            $header[] = $line;

        } else {

            $message[] = $line;

        }

    }
 

    // Parse headers

    $headers = array();

    foreach ($header as $line) {

        $colon_pos = strpos($line, ':');

        $space_pos = strpos($line, ' ');
 

        if ($colon_pos === false OR $space_pos < $colon_pos) {

            // attach to previous

            $previous .= "\r\n" . $line;

            continue;

        }
 

        // Get key

        $key = substr($line, 0, $colon_pos);
 

        // Get value

        $value = substr($line, $colon_pos+2);

        $headers[$key] = $value;
 

        $previous =& $headers[$key];

    }
 

    // Parse message

    $message = implode('', $message);
 

    // Return array

    $email = array();

    $email['message'] = $message;

    $email['headers'] = $headers;
 

    return $email;
 

}
 

$output = fopen("test.txt", "a");

fwrite($output, implode("\n", $email));

fclose($output);
 
 

//print $email >> test.txt;
 

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This is why: $headers = array();

The $email['headers'] variable is an array, so imploding the $email variable is only part of the solution.  You also need to implode the $email['headers'] variable.

Unfortunately PHP doesn't have a built-in recursive implode.  We could build one, but that's a bit overkill for this.

See below:
$filestr = implode("\n", $email['headers']);

$filestr .= "\n\n" . $email['message'];
 

$output = fopen("test.txt", "a");

fwrite($output, $filestr);

fclose($output);

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