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  • Besides the fact that I use Mime::Lite for the majority of my tasks where I need to send email from an application, I also don't trust Javamail to get the job done.

    More than one occasion I have run into issues where Javamail never emitted any sort of error but the email did not get sent.

    My solution: have Java hand email requests off to Perl through a database.

    create table email_request (
    email_request_id serial not null primary key,
    subject text not null,
    message text not null,
    from text not null,
    reply_to text

    create table email_recipients (
    email_recipient_id serial not null primary key,
    recipient text not null,
    email_request_id integer not null

    A cron job then processes the requests and then removes them when done. I use transactions to make sure that a cron execution doesn't process a request before Java has a chance to finish making the request.

    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional