How to lunch webpage without using SMTP server?

Cameron Laird claird at lairds.us
Wed Jul 21 20:05:23 CEST 2004


In article <epidnf73c42RPWPdRVn-pQ at comcast.com>,
Doug Holton  <insert at spam.here> wrote:
>Nancy wrote:
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>So what you want is to be able to send email from a python script 
>running on your Windows computer, but you don't have access to an SMTP 
>server.
>So you need to run your own SMTP server on your Windows computer.  If 
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No, you don't.  If anything, as Grant Edwards points out elsewhere
in this thread you need SMTP *client* code--which is easy enough in
Python.

I do this--emitting e-mail from my applications by direct connection
to the e-mail server of addressee--often.  It's modestly hazardous,
in that one either makes the cheerful assumption that the server
will be accessible, OR one starts to build the re-try queues that
head one down the slippery slope to re-creation of sendmail.

There are still other possibilities, by the way; one can, for example,
ahve the Python application connect by way of SMTP to a server one
controls that happens not to be on the host of the Python application.

I summarize:  yes, it's almost certainly possible, in some sense; you'll
want to specify your situation more precisely before starting to write
code.



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