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Sending email

How do I send email without using UNIX sendmail? by MikeLacey
Posted: 10 Feb 02 (Edited 15 Nov 05)

Please browse through FAQ219-2884 and FAQ219-2889 first. Comments on this FAQ and the General FAQ's are very welcome.

This neat sub was posted by AaronGeorge.

Use the module, Net::SMTP available from CPAN (www.cpan.org). It will work on any system with or without sendmail, UNIX or windows.


sub send_mail {

my($to, $from, $subject, @body) = @_;

use Net::SMTP;

my $relay = "host.com";
my $smtp = Net::SMTP->new($relay)
    || die "Can't open mail connection: $!";


    $smtp->datasend("To: $to\n");
    $smtp->datasend("From: $from\n");
    $smtp->datasend("Subject: $subject\n");

    foreach $body (@body) {


And this one, which handles attachments, is from Paul Becket

It uses the module, MIME::Lite also available from CPAN.


use MIME::Lite;

sub Mail_File {
    my $fileName      = $_[0];   # To attach
    my $myMailAddress = $_[1];   # Your email address / address e-mail should appear from
    my $email_address = $_[2];   # Recipients mail address
    my $title         = $_[3];   # Email title
    my $body_message  = $_[4];   # Text in main part of e-mail
    my $fileType      = $_[5];   # Know whether attachment is 'BINARY' or 'TEXT'
    my $fileName      = $_[6];   # Name of file to attach (including path)
    my $outFileName   = $_[7];   # Name to give e-mail attachment
    # Create MIME::Lite mail object
    my $msg = MIME::Lite->new(
               From     => $myMailAddress,
               To       => $email_address,
               Subject  => $title,
               Type     => 'multipart/mixed',

    # Main Body of message
         Type     => 'TEXT',
                 Data     => $body_message

    # Attach file here
    $msg->attach(Type        => $fileType,
                 Path        => $fileName,
                 Filename    => $outFileName,
                 Disposition => 'attachment'
    # Send e-mail
} # end sub Mail_File

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