This will be a plain vanilla email system. A data file and a letter file will reside on the Unix server. The data file will contain First Name, Last Name, email address, and several additional fields. The script will read the data file, load the Names into the header, load the email address, and load a canned letter. The script will ignore the additional fields. The data file will be a text file, comma delimited. The letter file will be a text file as well. The script will pass the email to the 'sendmail' on the Unix Server for transmission. The system will be initiated from the client side, my PC (a windows based system) in my office. The data file will have no open rows, it will be a text file with CR/LF at the end of each row. The system will loop loading and sending until it reaches EOF.
My server is a Unix system. It has 'sendmail' installed and available. I want the system to use this resource.
Data file example â€¦.
Brown, Joe, [url removed, login to view], phone, fax, cell
Blue, John, [url removed, login to view], phone, fax, cell
Red, Linda, [url removed, login to view], phone, fax, cell
This file will have no open rows. End of File marker signals end of job.
The letter file will be a short text file inviting the user to log onto the web address described. The salutation will not use any of the name fields.
Letter file example ..
To: Joe Brown
Address: [url removed, login to view]
Please take a minute and log onto my web site. You will be pleased. There are lots of things to do and see.
Just Click Here --> [url removed, login to view]
As part of the project, the perl/CGI script will be liberally commented. I would actually like to have each line of script commented. In addition, a short instruction program or text file on how to use the script. Including instructions on uploading, storage area folders, program inititation, password protection for the client side, any instructions to the server that may be required to start execution, error recovery script so the system does not repeat any mail sent in the last batch run, and lastly a demo run on the script writers computer or server - dummy address file and letter file will be provided.
If there are further questions please contact me.
I'm in a hurry to get started. I'm sure there are hundreds of perl/cgi email programs out there that perform these functions. As usual my budget is low but the programming requirements shouldn't have to start from scratch.
Thanks for looking at my project.