The mailbox Module

The mailbox module contains code that deals with a number of different mailbox formats (mostly Unix formats), as shown in Example 6-6. Most mailbox formats simply store plain RFC 822style messages in a long text file, using some kind of separator line to tell one message from another.

Example 6-6. Using the mailbox Module

File: mailbox-example-1.py

import mailbox

mb = mailbox.UnixMailbox(open("/var/spool/mail/effbot"))

while 1:
 msg = mb.next()
 if not msg:
 break
 for k, v in msg.items():
 print k, "=", v
 body = msg.fp.read()
 print len(body), "bytes in body"

subject = for he's a ...
message-id = <199910150027.CAA03202@spam.egg>
received = (from fredrik@pythonware.com)
 by spam.egg (8.8.7/8.8.5) id CAA03202
 for effbot; Fri, 15 Oct 1999 02:27:36 +0200
from = Fredrik Lundh 
date = Fri, 15 Oct 1999 12:35:36 +0200
to = effbot@spam.egg
1295 bytes in body

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Year: 2000
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