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  • I had a quick look at the docs and this looks like a very interesting project.

    Speaking as someone trying to move away from Win2K+Outlook to something more open, a series of modules that could read (and later write, or use as transport) to Outlook 2000 under Windows would be a great help (I think you'd have to use OLE Automation calls as the PST file format isn't documented). This would be great for opening up a very common but surprisingly closed mail system (Outlook talking to Exchange is another similar

    • I do have some Outlook processing code, but it is far from complete. It is (as usual for M$) hard to get the real details about the format. Besides, I never use windows myself and want to keep it that way. It makes the development of Mail::Box dependent on other Perl hackers which do use Windows, and those people are very rare. (volunteers?)

      Address-book handing is certainly not something Mail::Box should do, although the Mail::Address object (from MailTools) which it uses can be improved a lot. In my experience, a "standardized" something simply becomes an extra something, because old systems do not get converted to the new "standard".

      • Thanks for the reply.

        I understand the reticence to get on to Windows, but I think it might prove worthwhile if you want a larger audience (try floating the idea on the ActiveState Perl-Win32 mailing lists and see the response you get). Does your existing code use the MAPI interface, or OLE Automation to Outlook, or trying to read the PST file directly ? A (non-perl) mate recommends the MAPI approach. I'm not in a position to volunteer directly, but I will try and find some time to look at this over the nex
      • Hello. I have a class that reads Outlook Express dbx mail folders. It has had limited testing. I developed it based on Walther Estergaard's documentation. Any use?