OT: archive mail functionality for windows?

Martin Hepworth martinh at solidstatelogic.com
Thu Nov 9 14:10:57 GMT 2006

Diane Rolland wrote:
> Anthony Peacock wrote:
>> Diane Rolland wrote:
>>> Martin Hepworth wrote:
>>>> Diane Rolland wrote:
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>> We have a custom application that utilizes the archive mail
>>>>> function in MailScanner.  Basically any email sent to a particular
>>>>> address is archived in MailScanner.  The application then
>>>>> processes the email messages in the Archive directory and
>>>>> integrates them into the application.  It also handles the file
>>>>> attachments. 
>>>>> Now, our issue is needing to port this application to Windows.  I
>>>>> am not at all familiar with any options that might be available to
>>>>> do this.  If someone might have some suggestions, please let me
>>>>> know. 
>>>>> Thank you for your time,
>>>>> Diane
>>>> Diane
>>>> what's  the application written in? perl, C ..???
>>> The application is in php/mysql.
>>>> besides 'archiving' the email somewhere else, what else does it do.
>>>> If it needs to be accessed via windows then why not write a html
>>>> interface to it then it's available on most platforms.
>>> The archive is just a temporary holding place so that the php
>>> application can parse the raw email files in the archive directory.
>>> It can take attached documents and them make them available to the
>>> web based php/mysql application.  The attached documents are not
>>> available outside the application (i.e. you cannot browse to them on
>>> a file share). 
>> OK!  So my question is what do you mean by 'application'?
>> Are your referring to the whole infrastructure including MailScanner
>> or are you just talking about your php app? 
>> --
>> Anthony Peacock
>> CHIME, Royal Free & University College Medical School
>> WWW:    http://www.chime.ucl.ac.uk/~rmhiajp/
>> "If you have an apple and I have  an apple and we  exchange apples
>> then you and I will still each have  one apple. But  if you have an
>> idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us
>> will have two ideas." -- George Bernard Shaw   
> I suppose my challenge is finding a way to get mailed delivered to a
> filesystem so that the php application can parse the raw mail files.  On our
> Linux platforms we use MailScanner's archive to file functionality to do
> this.  
> The php will run on either linux or windows web server, so the need I have
> is how to get the mail delivered to a file location where it is accessible
> to the php scripts.
> There isn't necessarily an Exchange server in the picture either, so maybe
> I'm needing to look at some sort of mail server?? 

I'd turn this on the it's head.....

Start with a policy descision - mail MUST go through a validated gateway 
in order to achieve this. MailScanner can be one of the validated 
gateways. Then you need to make sure all your validated gateways dump 
the archives in a supported format to a supported storage point 
(remember Windows can do NFS mounts and Linux can mount windows/smb shares)

Martin Hepworth
Senior Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic
Tel: +44 (0)1865 842300


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