[CentOS] extract MIME attachments from 700MB imap folder

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Tue Jul 1 19:15:25 UTC 2008

Ray Leventhal wrote:
>>> I've read the man page, but am wholly unclear as to:
>>> 1) will this do the trick for me
>>> 2) are there other known tools which might be recommended
>> Mime::Parser will split out the body and attachments of a message into 
>> files.  I've only used it on single files being delivered via procmail 
>> like this:
>> use MIME::Parser;
>> ### Create parser, and set some parsing options:
>> $archive='/path/to/dir';
>> my $parser = new MIME::Parser;
>> ### Change how nameless message-component files are named:
>> $parser->output_dir("$archive");
>> $parser->output_prefix('msg');
>> ### Parse input:
>> $entity = $parser->parse(\*STDIN) or die "parse failed\n";
>> But you'll probably want to do something a little more clever to toss 
>> the body and use sensible filenames for the attachments. I think 
>> Mime::Parser::Filer can do that.
> Hi Les,
> Thanks for your reply.
> I'm wholly ignorant of how to go about doing this using your 
> suggestion.  Are there resources to which you might point me for 
> additional info?

That was the whole perl program needed to split the body of a message 
and any MIME attachments into separate files, given one email message on 
standard input.  If that doesn't make sense, you'll probably have to 
start with the 'learning perl' book or any general perl programming 
tutorials.  There are some details about the Mime::Tools package and how 
to use the components here: http://search.cpan.org/~doneill/MIME-tools/

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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