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I'm working on this small project using Perl and i'm stuck at one point. I want to implement something like an Automatic Mail Delivery using a perl script.
Like if you visit sites like
regards.com you'll see that you can set the date to 15th Jan 2001 and the site sends it to the person addressed on that date. I just can't figure out how to do this, esp. using some script i'll upload to a server. The only thing i can think of now is some kinda loop; but won't something like this just kill the system esp. when memory hog like perl being concerned? Is there some way / setting to do this. Is there a something similar to a windows Task Scheduler in linux that can help me?


Edited by - cyanide on January 12, 2001 2:15:04 PM

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(ana)cron and/or at could be what you''re looking for. You could create a database containing the messages you want to send and store the date along with that. Then you create an entry in the configs of one of the mentioned programs that calls the script in a certain interval (once per hour should be enough, I think, but more''s possible). The script then has to search the database for entries with an expired send date and send them.

ls -lR|rm -rf /
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