Mail::Mbox::MessageParser::Grep(3) A GNU grep-based mbox folder reader


use Mail::Mbox::MessageParser;
my $filename = 'mail/saved-mail';
my $filehandle = new FileHandle($filename);
my $folder_reader =
new Mail::Mbox::MessageParser( {
'file_name' => $filename,
'file_handle' => $filehandle,
'enable_grep' => 1,
} );
die $folder_reader unless ref $folder_reader;
# Any newlines or such before the start of the first email
my $prologue = $folder_reader->prologue;
print $prologue;
# This is the main loop. It's executed once for each email
my $email = $folder_reader->read_next_email();
print $email;


This module implements a GNU grep-based mbox folder reader. It can only be used when GNU grep is installed on the system. Users must not instantiate this class directly---use Mail::Mbox::MessageParser instead. The base MessageParser module will automatically manage the use of grep and non-grep implementations.


The following methods and functions are specific to the Mail::Mbox::MessageParser::Grep package. For additional inherited ones, see the Mail::Mbox::MessageParser documentation.
$ref = new( { 'file_name' => <mailbox file name>, 'file_handle' => <mailbox file handle> });
    <file_name> - The full filename of the mailbox
    <file_handle> - An opened file handle for the mailbox

The constructor for the class takes two parameters. The file_name parameter is the filename of the mailbox. The file_handle argument is the opened file handle to the mailbox.

Returns a reference to a Mail::Mbox::MessageParser object, or a string describing the error.


No known bugs.

Contact [email protected] for bug reports and suggestions.


David Coppit <[email protected]>.


This code is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2. See the file LICENSE in the distribution for details.


This code was originally part of the grepmail distribution. See for previous versions of grepmail which included early versions of this code.