Linux mail convert to pdf format  and send to pther ID

Posted on 2009-06-27
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Last Modified: 2013-12-06
Hi All,

I need to convert a user mails to a pdf format and send it to other mail id.

PLease advise how can I do it.   I have the idea that will work only if text format mails.

But I need if any pictures sending in that mail that need to convert to pdf format.

Please help, this is an urgent.

Thanks in advance.

Question by:remeshk
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by:Dave Howe
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If they were text only, there would be no need to convert to a pdf, and not seeing the benefits of doing so if it is an image. in theory, you could use fpdf in php, but that would not get you inline images using html bodies (as trying to render and pdf that would be a nightmare)

I would see if you can programically "print" the email (using an email client) to a ps magicprinter, then have that do ps2pdf and forward it on.

however, I would normally just "pull" the email as a raw, stick it in an attachment ending .eml (of type mime822) and forward it like that.

Author Comment

ID: 24759823
Thanks for your iformation.

I found a solution for converting PDF is cups-pdf.

I have installed Cups-pdf in my machine and set as default printer and it is working.

I am trying to covert to PDF in /etc/aliases file. But it is not working...

I given entry in aliases file is

ram:   |/usr/bin/lpd

Please asdvise how can I run a script once a mail comes.
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by:Dave Howe
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no, you can't do it in aliases - you can do it (for a given user) in a .forward file though.

examples here:


(for sendmail, but other mtas tend to honour the convention. what mta are you using?)

Author Comment

ID: 24769749
thanks Dave,  for your information,  I am using Qmail.

may I know why this is not supporting to a user ?

for working this do I need to change anything in the configuration file ???

Please advise.
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Dave Howe earned 500 total points
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I can take a look - don't currently have qmail, but if if follows the convention, you could set up a new user "pdf-print" and then use aliases to redirect to that. then, in the home directory (presumably /home/pdf-print) create a .forward file with the command you want to run against the email.

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