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pop3-stream: Stream wrapper to access POP3 messages (old)

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pop3-stream 1.2Free for non-commercial...5.0Email, PHP 5, Stream wrappers
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This class implements a POP3 stream handler that can be used to access messages in mailboxes using POP3 (or secure POP3, as of v1.2) as if they were regular files.

It accesses a given POP3 mailbox using the PHP IMAP extension authenticating as an user with password specified in the URL passed to the PHP fopen function.

The class can read individual message headers and body in a single stream when the PHP fread function is called.

It can also list all the messages in the mailbox when the PHP readdir function is called.

The class can retrieve details of a message using the PHP function stat or delete a message with the PHP unlink function.

Please note that this wrapper has issues handling deletion of emails. It is recommended that you use Manuel Lemos' wrapper instead.

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PHP Programming Innovation award winner
January 2008
POP3 is a popular Internet protocol used to retrieve messages sent to a mailbox.

It is necessary to understand the POP3 protocol to send commands and interpret responses in order to retrieve the list of messages in a mailbox and retrieve the message contents.

This class greatly simplifies that task by acting as a stream wrapper. It lets PHP applications list POP3 mailboxes as if they were directories and retrieve messages as if they were files.

Manuel Lemos
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Name: Rick Hodger <contact>
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Plain text file pop3.stream.php Class File wrapper include
Plain text file example1.php Example Example #1 - Read an email
Plain text file example2.php Example Example #2 - Listing the contents of a POP3 account
Plain text file example3.php Example Gmail example using secure POP3
Plain text file exportpop3.php Example Example application - Downloads emails as text files to a folder.
Plain text file README.TXT Doc. Important information

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