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Unable to send an email from perl script.

Posted on 2009-06-27
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I am trying to send an email from a perl script using MIME::Lite.  I see this error:
"5.7.0 Must issue a STARTTLS command first",

The email doesn't go out.  I am newbie in this area, please give me step-by-step instructions to resolve this.

Note that I have disabled firewall, but saw no difference.  Also, I tried ports 465 and 587.

This is the perl script I am using:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w

 

# use MIME::Lite package

use MIME::Lite;

 

# set up email

$to = "yyyy\@gmail.com";

$from = "yyyy\@gmail.com";

$subject = "Email Sent via Perl";

$message = "This email was sent using Perl.";

$file = "abc.html";

 

# send email

email($to, $from, $subject, $message, $file);

 

# email function

sub email

{

 # get incoming parameters

 local ($to, $from, $subject, $message, $file) = @_;

 

 # create a new message

 $msg = MIME::Lite->new(

  From => $from,

  To => $to,

  Subject => $subject,

  Data => $message

 );

 

 # add the attachment

 $msg->attach(

  Type => "text/plain",

  Path => $file,

  Filename => $file,

  Disposition => "attachment"

 );

 

 # send the email

 MIME::Lite->send('smtp', 'smtp.gmail.com', Timeout => 60);

 $msg->send();

}

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by:Kim Ryan
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Did you want to specify a mail host of 'smtp.gmail.com' ? The host would normally be the name of the host mail server provided by your ISP, or work organization, one which you have an account setup. It may also need a username and password specified.
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All the examples I have seen online show host is smtp.gmail.com (when using gmail account to send the email).  The gmail help page also says the same thing: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=13287

What is the syntax for specifying the username and password?
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by:Kim Ryan
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The problem seems to be the need to use TLS or secure sockets, which MIME::Lite will not support. You could try this module http://search.cpan.org/~mincus/Mail-Webmail-Gmail-1.09/lib/Mail/Webmail/Gmail.pm and use specify your password and username
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SSL is not installed on my machine; however, installing SSL from cpan website seems almost impossible task, because SSL needs SSLeay, TLS and other perl modules.  This thread gives the various issues with getting the SSL installed: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Web_Servers/Apache/Q_22873843.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+perl+ssl

As for the module teraplane suggested, it in turns needs SSLeay to work---which I couldn't successfully install, look at the above thread for details on the issues.
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Is gmail your only option? It would be much easier to use a POP mail account if you hace access to one.
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I have att.net email account which ,I think, is a POP mail account (http://www.wurd.com/settings.php#Accessing). I updated my script to use att email and server, but I am seeing other errors.  

If you have an example of a working script with POP mail account, could you forward it (of course, without password and user ID)?
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The example you have looks fine. Just change the send command to something like this

MIME::Lite->send('smtp','some.host',
       AuthUser=>$user, AuthPass=>$pass);
$msg->send();
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Any luck with my last suggestion?
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