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Check pop3 account with PHP and echo no mail found or you have mail

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Can anyone tell me if PHP can check a POP3 email account for mail, and than echo back yes or no ? I just need it to check one mail box, if it has mail the user knows to open outlook and get it. Its just a reminder.
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by:Frosty555
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Yes it can, but use the IMAP libraries. It should still work fine for you though, you're just looking for messages with their unread flag set.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/Q_27664775.html

Check the comments on that page too, some good material there.
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by:GD_GRAY
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LoL, That link just opens this same form, my question. ??
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by:rinfo
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phpclassses has some classes that you can use to manage your pop3 mail account .
some of the classes in order of popularity and rating are
http://www.phpclasses.org/package/4014-PHP-Retrieve-and-delete-messages-from-a-POP3-mailbox.html
http://www.phpclasses.org/package/2-PHP-Access-to-e-mail-mailboxes-using-the-POP3-protocol.html
while there you can search for pop3 and get an extensive list so you can pick a class suitable for you.
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Whoops... sorry gd_gray, must have lost track of my clipboard there. Good thing it wasn't anything embarassing ;)

I meant to link to the PHP documentation page on IMAP functions:

http://php.net/manual/en/book.imap.php
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by:GD_GRAY
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I am having a hard time understanding most of the links, and what I have I cant seem to get to work. LoL... Thank you two for the links.
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