Re: getting text of message as resource variable

2002-05-21 10:30:04
At the start of May, Earl Hood wrote in reply to me:

I guess I could parse the email messages myself and pass the
bodies in as environmental variables to MHonArc. This solution
still would have the problem of deciding which email message
corresponded with which MHonArc file name.

.... I recommended leveraging the annotation feature to get the
desired effect.  I.e. Pre-create an annotation for each message
including the first few lines of a message and then use the
$NOTE$ resource variable to include it in the index.

This turned out cleaner than I expected using the Mail::Box
modules, but I imagine the MIME::* suite allow the same sort of

        foreach my $mail ( $folder->messages )
                my @body = $mail->decoded->lines;
                my $id = $mail->messageId;

                foreach ( @body[0 .. 4] )
                        s/([^\w()'*~!.-])/sprintf '%%%02X', ord $1/eg
                my $body = join( '%0D%0A', @body[0 .. 4] );

                        , "-outdir" , "../temp/$list"
                        , "-notetext", $body
                        , $id

I get the body of the message and its id and URL-escape it and
pass it to MHonArc. I use the resource variable, $NOTE$ in my rcfile to
put the annotation in the right URL. The only thing I don't like
is having to URL escape the string myself, but there doesn't seem
to be any MHonArc resource that will do it for me. 

The other thing I don't like is the MIME garbage left in the body
after decoding, but I can't expect MHonArc to do that for me :-)

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