NET::POP3(1)          User Contributed Perl Documentation         NET::POP3(1)

       Net::POP3 - Post Office Protocol 3 Client class (RFC1081)

           use Net::POP3;

           # Constructors
           $pop = Net::POP3->new('pop3host');
           $pop = Net::POP3->new('pop3host', Timeout => 60);

       This module implements a client interface to the POP3 protocol,
       enabling a perl5 application to talk to POP3 servers. This
       documentation assumes that you are familiar with the POP3 protocol
       described in RFC1081.

       A new Net::POP3 object must be created with the new method. Once this
       has been done, all POP3 commands are accessed via method calls on the

           Need some small examples in here :-)

       new ( HOST, [ OPTIONS ] )
           This is the constructor for a new Net::POP3 object. HOST is the
           name of the remote host to which a POP3 connection is required.

           OPTIONS are passed in a hash like fasion, using key and value
           pairs.  Possible options are:

           Timeout - Maximum time, in seconds, to wait for a response from the
           POP3 server (default: 120)

           Debug - Enable debugging information

       Unless otherwise stated all methods return either a true or false
       value, with true meaning that the operation was a success. When a
       method states that it returns a value, falure will be returned as undef
       or an empty list.

       user ( USER )
           Send the USER command.

       pass ( PASS )
           Send the PASS command. Returns the number of messages in the

       login ( [ USER [, PASS ]] )
           Send both the the USER and PASS commands. If PASS is not given the
           Net::POP3 uses Net::Netrc to lookup the password using the host and
           username. If the username is not specified then the current user
           name will be used.

           Returns the number of messages in the mailbox.

       top ( MSGNUM [, NUMLINES ] )
           Get the header and the first NUMLINES of the body for the message
           MSGNUM. Returns a reference to an array which contains the lines of
           text read from the server.

       list ( [ MSGNUM ] )
           If called with an argument the list returns the size of the
           messsage in octets.

           If called without arguments the a refererence to a hash is
           returned. The keys will be the MSGNUM's of all undeleted messages
           and the values will be their size in octets.

       get ( MSGNUM )
           Get the message MSGNUM from the remote mailbox. Returns a reference
           to an array which contains the lines of text read from the server.

       last ()
           Returns the highest MSGNUM of all the messages accessed.

       popstat ()
           Returns an array of two elements. These are the number of undeleted
           elements and the size of the mbox in octets.

       delete ( MSGNUM )
           Mark message MSGNUM to be deleted from the remote mailbox. All
           messages that are marked to be deleted will be removed from the
           remote mailbox when the server connection closed.

       reset ()
           Reset the status of the remote POP3 server. This includes reseting
           the status of all messages to not be deleted.

       quit ()
           Quit and close the connection to the remote POP3 server. Any
           messages marked as deleted will be deleted from the remote mailbox.

       If a Net::POP3 object goes out of scope before quit method is called
       then the reset method will called before the connection is closed. This
       means that any messages marked to be deleted will not be.

       the Net::Netrc manpage the Net::Cmd manpage

       Graham Barr <>

       $Revision: 2.1 $ $Date: 1996/07/26 06:44:44 $

       The VERSION is derived from the revision by changing each number after
       the first dot into a 2 digit number so

               Revision 1.8   => VERSION 1.08
               Revision 1.2.3 => VERSION 1.0203

       Copyright (c) 1995 Graham Barr. All rights reserved. This program is
       free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.

3rd Berkeley Distribution    perl 5.003, patch 07                 NET::POP3(1)