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Old 04-19-2002
metamail

Hi there. I have a problem with some files I am trying to process. It goes as follows:
I receive an email with a MIME attachment
I use metamail to extract the data to a flat file named "email.txt"
I decode "email.txt" using metamail
This works great with one tiny issue

Information in the file that I receive is 1000 rows of invoice data that needs to be stripped of ANY extra characters that may be in the file, so that all I am left with is the pure data.

But at the end of every file is something like:
------_=_NextPart_000_01C1E6F8.678CC080--

or like this:

------_extPart_000_01C1E6F8.678CC080-- (once I have metamailed it)

I need to be able to get rid of these extra characters some how. I thought of using grep somehow (?) or some other techinique, but these "weird" characters seems to be changing with every file, so I am at a loss on how to do this.
I am using a PERL program that calls metamail using "system(..)", so maybe there is a cool trick in PERL as well?

If anyone could help, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks in advance
 

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showaudio(1)						      General Commands Manual						      showaudio(1)

NAME
showaudio - Play an audio email message SYNOPSIS
showaudio file-name(s) DESCRIPTION
The showaudio program will allow a user on a properly-equipped workstation to listen to an audio message. It is intended to be called from mailcap files, typically by the metamail(1) program. At most sites, it will work by playing audio on the speaker of the user's computer. When used in conjunction with special hardware and software not part of the metamail distribution, however, it can also deliver the audio information by telephone number. There are various options to showaudio that support this feature, but they are not documented here since the functionality is not generally available. SEE ALSO
audiocompose(1), audiosend(1), metamail(1) BUGS
Currently plays audio only on Sun & Sony workstations. COPYRIGHT
Copyright (c) 1991 Bell Communications Research, Inc. (Bellcore) Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this material for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies, and that the name of Bellcore not be used in advertising or publicity pertaining to this material without the specific, prior written permission of an authorized representative of Bellcore. BELLCORE MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR SUITABILITY OF THIS MATERIAL FOR ANY PURPOSE. IT IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES. AUTHOR
Nathaniel S. Borenstein, Bellcore Release 1 showaudio(1)

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