revMail fails on some Macs

Sivakatirswami katir at
Wed Jan 19 14:45:12 EST 2005

Thanks to everyone for pointing out the not-so-obvious  -- I would 
never have thought to look in mail.apps prefs.

But, I decided to "transcend the local configuration" as the prospect 
of mentoring 20-30 team players through getting their system set up 
correctly was way too scary.

Many still don't know

Mac: "Finder? What do you mean by "Finder?"
Windows: " I see three different "My Documents" folders. Which should I 
use? How will I know if I am in the same one later?" (and a lot 
more....  our windows users require 85% more support than our mac 

So,  created a very simple xTalk CGI  on our web server and will have 
my app do an HTTP Post to  this cgi. This should be rock solid. If 
their browser works, this works... simple.

############# Send email to admin ##############
## this CGI reads form input from a form web page or any
## correctly urlEncoded name=value pairs posted from
## a rev app
## and then sends the email out

on startup
   repeat until length(tDataIn) >= $CONTENT_LENGTH
     read from stdin until empty
     put it after tDataIn
   end repeat
split tDataIn by "&" and "="
put "/usr/sbin/sendmail -t" into mprocess
         open process mprocess for write
         write "From:" && (urlDecode (tDataIn["from"]))& cr to process 
         write "To:" &&   "katir at"  &  cr to process mprocess
         write "Subject:" &&   (urlDecode (tDataIn["subject"]))   &  cr 
& cr to process mprocess
        write    (urlDecode (tDataIn["body"])) &  cr to process mprocess
        close process mprocess
   Put "Email was sent successfully." into tResponse
     put "Content-Type: text/html" & cr
     put "Content-Length:" && the length of tResponse & cr & cr
     put tResponse
end if
end startup

Sannyasin Sivakatirswami
Himalayan Academy Publications
at Kauai's Hindu Monastery
katir at,

On Jan 19, 2005, at 8:55 AM, Ken Norris wrote:

> OOPS! Sorry, forgot  to change-out the RE header,
> Hi David, Sivakatirswami, et al.
>> Sivakatirswami wrote:
>>> What exactly does the Mac need to ensure that there is an email 
>>> client
>>> automatically will be invoked by revMail? I can't find any preference
>>> in OS X for "default mail app" that requires setting.
> ??
> Very simple. Panther:
> 1) Open Mail and select Preferences from the menu.
> 2) From the Prefs window, select the "General" icon at top left.
> 3) Click the Default Email Reader popup and choose select.
> 4) You should get a list of applications. Choose the email reader you 
> want (assuming it is installed).
> HTH,
> Ken N.

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