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Mail::Cap(3)		       User Contributed Perl Documentation		     Mail::Cap(3)

       Mail::Cap - Parse mailcap files

	my $mc = new Mail::Cap;
	$desc = $mc->description('image/gif');

	print "GIF desc: $desc\n";
	$cmd = $mc->viewCmd('text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1', 'file.txt');

       Parse mailcap files as specified in "RFC 1524 --A User Agent Configuration Mechanism For
       Multimedia Mail Format Information>.  In the description below $type refers to the MIME
       type as specified in the "Content-Type" header of mail or HTTP messages.  Examples of
       types are:

	 text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1

       You could also take a look at the File::MimeInfo distribution, which are accessing tables
       which are used by many applications on a system, and therefore have succeeded the mail-cap
       specifications on modern (UNIX) systems.

	   Create and initialize a new Mail::Cap object.  If you give it an argument it will try
	   to parse the specified file.  Without any arguments it will search for the mailcap
	   file using the standard mailcap path, or the MAILCAPS environment variable if it is

	    -Option  --Default
	     filename  undef
	     take      'FIRST'

	   filename => FILENAME
	     Add the specified file to the list to standard locations.	This file is tried first.

	   take => 'ALL'|'FIRST'
	     Include all mailcap files you can find.  By default, only the first file is parsed,
	     however the RFC tells us to include ALL.  To maintain backwards compatibility, the
	     default only takes the FIRST.


	     $mcap = new Mail::Cap;
	     $mcap = new Mail::Cap "/mydir/mailcap";
	     $mcap = new Mail::Cap filename => "/mydir/mailcap";
	     $mcap = new Mail::Cap take => 'ALL';
	     $mcap = Mail::Cap->new(take => 'ALL');

   Run commands
       These methods invoke a suitable progam presenting or manipulating the media object in the
       specified file.	They all return 1 if a command was found, and 0 otherwise.  You might
       test $? for the outcome of the command.

       $obj->compose(TYPE, FILE)
       $obj->edit(TYPE, FILE)
       $obj->print(TYPE, FILE)
       $obj->view(TYPE, FILE)

   Command creator
       These methods return a string that is suitable for feeding to system() in order to invoke
       a suitable progam presenting or manipulating the media object in the specified file.  It
       will return "undef" if no suitable specification exists.

       $obj->composeCmd(TYPE, FILE)
       $obj->editCmd(TYPE, FILE)
       $obj->printCmd(TYPE, FILE)
       $obj->viewCmd(TYPE, FILE)

   Look-up definitions
       Methods return the corresponding mailcap field for the type.

       $obj->field(TYPE, FIELD)
	   Returns the specified field for the type.  Returns undef if no specification exsists.


       This module is part of the MailTools distribution, http://perl.overmeer.net/mailtools/.

       The MailTools bundle was developed by Graham Barr.  Later, Mark Overmeer took over
       maintenance without commitment to further development.

       Mail::Cap by Gisle Aas <aas@oslonett.no>.  Mail::Field::AddrList by Peter Orbaek
       <poe@cit.dk>.  Mail::Mailer and Mail::Send by Tim Bunce <Tim.Bunce@ig.co.uk>.  For other
       contributors see ChangeLog.

       Copyrights 1995-2000 Graham Barr <gbarr@pobox.com> and 2001-2007 Mark Overmeer

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.  See http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html

perl v5.16.3				    2012-12-21				     Mail::Cap(3)
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