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Mail::Address(3pm)    User Contributed Perl Documentation   Mail::Address(3pm)

       Mail::Address - Parse mail addresses

        use Mail::Address;
        my @addrs = Mail::Address->parse($line);

        foreach $addr (@addrs) {
            print $addr->format,"\n";

       "Mail::Address" extracts and manipulates email addresses from a message
       header.  It cannot be used to extract addresses from some random text.
       You can use this module to create RFC822 compliant fields.

       Although "Mail::Address" is a very popular subject for books, and is
       used in many applications, it does a very poor job on the more complex
       message fields.  It does only handle simple address formats (which cov-
       ers about 95% of what can be found). Problems are with

       o   no support for address groups, even not with the semi-colon as sep-
           arator between addresses;

       o   limitted support for escapes in phrases and comments.  There are
           cases where it can get wrong; and

       o   you have to take care of most escaping when you create an address
           yourself: "Mail::Address" does not do that for you.

       Often requests are made to the maintainers of this code improve this
       situation, but this is not a good idea, where it will break zillions of
       existing applications.  If you wish for a fully RFC2822 compliant
       implementation you may take a look at Mail::Message::Field::Full, part
       of MailBox.


         my $s = Mail::Message::Field::Full->parse($header);
         # ref $s isa Mail::Message::Field::Addresses;

         my @g = $s->groups;          # all groups, at least one
         # ref $g[0] isa Mail::Message::Field::AddrGroup;
         my $ga = $g[0]->addresses;   # group addresses

         my @a = $s->addresses;       # all addresses
         # ref $a[0] isa Mail::Message::Field::Address;


       Mail::Address->new(PHRASE, ADDRESS, [ COMMENT ])

           Create a new "Mail::Address" object which represents an address
           with the elements given. In a message these 3 elements would be
           seen like:

            ADDRESS (COMMENT)


            Mail::Address->new("Perl5 Porters", "perl5-portersATafrica.com");


           Parse the given line a return a list of extracted "Mail::Address"
           objects.  The line would normally be one taken from a To,Cc or Bcc
           line in a message


            my @addr = Mail::Address->parse($line);



           Return the address part of the object.


           Return the comment part of the object


           Return a string representing the address in a suitable form to be
           placed on a "To", "Cc", or "Bcc" line of a message.  This method is
           called on the first ADDRESS to be used; other specified ADDRESSes
           will be appended, separated with commas.


           Return the phrase part of the object.

       Smart accessors


           Return the address excluding the user id and '@'


           Using the information contained within the object attempt to iden-
           tify what the person or groups name is.


           Return the address excluding the '@' and the mail domain

       This module is part of the MailTools distribution, http://perl.over-

       The MailTools bundle was developed by Graham Barr.  Later, Mark Over-
       meer took over maintenance without development.

       Mail::Cap by Gisle Aas <aasAToslonett.no>.  Mail::Field::AddrList by
       Peter Orbaek <poeATcit.dk>.  Mail::Mailer and Mail::Send by Tim Bunce
       <Tim.BunceATig.uk>.  For other contributors see ChangeLog.

       Copyrights 1995-2000 Graham Barr <gbarrATpobox.com> and 2001-2007 Mark
       Overmeer <perlATovermeer.net>.

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the same terms as Perl itself.  See

perl v5.8.8                       2008-04-14                Mail::Address(3pm)