How to make a reply address with TMail

2007-11-16 15:48:48 +0000

TMail is quite an extensive mailing library that is suffering from incredibly documentation pains.

The easy stuff is simple, like @mail.to gives you the to address of the email, and @mail.to=”something” sets the to address to something.

But there are some other things that TMail can do to make your life simple and easy and I am going to document them here on this blog.

Recently there was a bug request 15445 on the create_forward function.

I have fixed this bug and closed the ticket and merged the changes back into trunk of TMail.

But what this means now is that you can do the following:

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mail = TMail::Mail.load("/path/to/my_email_message")
forwarded_email = @mail.create_forward
forwarded_email.to = "New address <me@me.com>"
text = "Dear me\n\nHere is that email I was talking about!\n"
forwarded_email.body = text

And then you can just send the forwarded_email.

“create_forward” nicely takes the existing email, encodes it into 7-bit ASCII, and the inserts it as an attachment to a new email which it returns to you… Handy :)

“create_forward” is an existing method that has been moved into the main interface.rb file of TMail which means that it will be available to any mail object with a simple require ‘tmail’ in your ruby or rails code.

Hope you enjoy it!

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