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Email notifications offline for a few days.

 4:59 am on Dec 10, 2001 (gmt 0)

The system mail notification on new responses and new posts will be offline for awhile. Probably a couple of days.

I was in the process of doing the final upgrade to the email system and a couple of things went wrong (have to rewrite some code). I tried to roll back to what we had, but some new data files are not compat with the old routines and it would take longer to write a conversion back than to just move forward.

The email subsystem is the toughest one of board routines to work on because it is very difficult to emulate a working environment offline.



 3:01 am on Dec 12, 2001 (gmt 0)

Just thought Id say a quick good luck! We're all behind you Brett ;)


 3:15 pm on Dec 15, 2001 (gmt 0)


I've got it done, but was a bit shy about putting it online in midweek. With a scripted mass mailer like the notification system is, the potential disaster scenarios numerous.

It's the toughest set of routines for me to work on since, I can't emulate the online environment (no sendmail equiv for winders). It has to be 99% right the first time. The days of being able to tweak stuff on the fly are gone.

I think I'll do it 4-5am my time tomorrow and see how it goes.


 12:08 pm on Dec 18, 2001 (gmt 0)

I can't emulate the online environment (no sendmail equiv for winders)

i think i read in the activestate perl documentation (last year's version) that there is at least one 3rd party sendmail module for perl on windows systems. a quick check of the latest version online now appears to say that sendmail is included in activeperl. i've stickymailed you the URL.

you could also install the Blat module and use that for sending email from perl on windows. when you have tested offline, you can change the couple of lines of blat for a couple of lines to call sendmail instead.


 8:28 pm on Dec 18, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks. I have switched to smtp for just this purpose.


 10:20 am on Dec 20, 2001 (gmt 0)

Ah! - just found this thread.
now I know whats going on.

Good luck Brett.

How will we know when it is working?


 7:13 pm on Dec 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

Any news?

I don't get email notification any more.


 7:23 pm on Dec 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

This isn't some Y2.2K problem is it? ;)


 10:49 pm on Jan 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

I guess if I would have looked here first I wouldn't have tried various things to troubleshoot my email notification. :)


 1:04 am on Jan 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

We had a more pressing (do or die) problem that had to be addressed first: [webmasterworld.com...]

Getting that worked out was a major change. We've grown so much this fall that it crept up faster than I'd planned. The last week of Nov, we did more in a day, than we'd done in a weeks time in August. I had to deal with some very time consuming core things asap to stay online.

E is next on list...

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