[CentOS] extract MIME attachments from 700MB imap folder

Ray Leventhal centos at swhi.net
Tue Jul 1 19:33:57 UTC 2008

Les Mikesell wrote:
> 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/
Thanks, Les.  I'm digging into the docs now.

Much obliged,

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