Looking for a test mail generator (unthreaded)

Jay R. Ashworth jra at baylink.com
Tue Sep 9 15:11:10 IST 2008

On Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 09:27:55PM +0200, Hugo van der Kooij wrote:
> Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> > I am not having a good day today.  Twice.  In 5 minutes...
> > 
> > Unthreadjacked:
> > 
> > 
> > To test a new installation before a cutover, I'm trying to find (out
> > whether anyone has written) a program that can send a bunch of email to a
> > SMTP server, logging what it does (both logical and session level), so
> > that I can check that the results are what they should be.
> A sender only has the view of what it communicates with the receiver.
> Whatever happens after the receiver takes over is anyone's guess. But it
>  not of any concern to the sender anymore.
> So I fail to see how you could do l this on a session level from the sender.

Would you be happier if I said "conversation level"?

> I would say that just doing a darn good job of configuring things right
> and bring it to live is the best test.

It's not *your* email.

Executives are *insecure*.

> I have written some code to do a keepalive check to see if the whole
> spam and AV chain works. The sending part is peanuts in perl. The
> verificaton part was the tough part.
> The chain goes like:
> TEST server ==> Spam box ==> AV box ==> TEST server
> So I end up by getting what I did send out if nothing breaks down. But
> it is a twist in that I need to configure an extra domain into my
> customer configuration to do this.

Sure.  But that's exactly the reason I want to do it the way I want to do
it: I don't want to have to do *two* analyses: what should have happened
to each incoming mail and what *did* -- I want to *know* what should have
happened, because I have a list with message IDs that tells me, so all I
have to do is check the expected targets and look to see if the messages
are there.

-- jra
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