I'm working on some code to generate EML files dynamically. My goal is to use cfpop to read messages and provide a quick 'Download' link that will generate an EML file. These files can then be opened in a native desktop client like any other mail. I've got that part working (and will be blogging it soon), but when I went to test against real email, I ran into an interesting issue.

For my testing I hit a gmail account. Now - that by itself provides a bit of a problem because cfpop doesn't support SSL. You can get around it with a bit of Java (and forgive me for not citing the person who did this code - when I googled it I found 2-3 solutions from our community).

<cfset javaSystem = createObject("java", "java.lang.System") /> <cfset jProps = javaSystem.getProperties() /> <cfset jProps.setProperty("mail.pop3.socketFactory.class", "javax.net.ssl.SSLSocketFactory") /> <cfset jProps.setproperty("mail.pop3.port",995) /> <cfset jProps.setProperty("mail.pop3.socketFactory.port", 995) /> <cfpop action="getAll" name="messages" server="pop.gmail.com" username="bob@camdenfamily.com" password="moo" port="995">

I ran the code and it worked perfectly. Once. I looked in my browser that had the gmail account open and I could still see the emails there, so I know CF didn't delete anything. I sent the account another email. Ran my CFM - saw it return just the new email - and on a reload the result was blank again. In GMail you have settings for what to do when mail is accessed via POP, but I had configured this to simply leave it as is.

On a whim, I double checked the docs for cfpop and noticed that it includes a debug attribute. I had a vague recollection of this attribute but never actually used it. I turned it on and noticed something pretty interesting.

First off - debug will log all of the POP commands and results. Here is a snippet.

DEBUG: setDebug: JavaMail version 1.4.2 DEBUG: getProvider() returning javax.mail.Provider[STORE,pop3,com.sun.mail.pop3.POP3Store,Sun Microsystems, Inc] DEBUG POP3: connecting to host "pop.gmail.com", port 995, isSSL false S: +OK Gpop ready for requests from i1pf10228089yhm.15 C: USER bob@camdenfamily.com S: +OK send PASS C: PASS foo S: +OK Welcome. C: STAT S: +OK 1 2108 C: UIDL

The STAT command returns the number of messages and the size. I noticed that after I ran cfpop and it read the email, and then I ran it again, I would get:

C: STAT S: +OK 0 0 C: QUIT S: +OK Farewell.

This seems to imply that GMail did something to my messages after CFPOP read them. Oddly - in my browser - where I was just looking at the list of messages and not reading anything - still showed all the email as new and unread. When I looked at the commands CFPOP sent in for when it did find a message, all it did was a TOP and a RETR. From my reading of the docs, RETR gets a message, but doesn't do anything else to it. In other words, it's not deleting it for sure.

Unfortunately at this point I didn't know what else to do. It was certainly interesting to see all the behind the scenes POP calls with the debug attribute though. I ended up simply signing up for an AOL account. When I tested there (it also needs the SSL hack) it worked perfectly.