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pop3d::udb(3tcl) Tcl POP3 Server Package pop3d::udb(3tcl)


pop3d::udb - Simple user database for pop3d


package require Tcl 8.2

package require pop3d::udb ?1.0.1?

::pop3d::udb::new ?dbName?

dbName option ?arg arg ...?

dbName destroy

dbName add user pwd storage

dbName remove user

dbName rename user newName

dbName lookup user

dbName exists user

dbName who

dbName save ?file?

dbName read file


The package pop3d::udb provides simple in memory databases which can be used in conjunction with the pop3 server core provided by the package pop3d. The databases will use the names of users as keys and associates passwords and storage references with them.

Objects created by this package can be directly used in the authentication callback of pop3 servers following the same interface as servers created by the package pop3d.

::pop3d::udb::new ?dbName?
This command creates a new database object with an associated global Tcl command whose name is dbName.

The command dbName may be used to invoke various operations on the database. It has the following general form:

Option and the args determine the exact behavior of the command.

The following commands are possible for database objects:

Destroys the database object.
Add a new user or changes the data of an existing user. Stores password and storage reference for the given user.
Removes the specified user from the database.
Changes the name of the specified user to newName.
Searches the database for the specified user and returns a two-element list containing the associated password and storage reference, in this order. Throws an error if the user could not be found. This is the interface as expected by the authentication callback of package pop3d.
Returns true if the specified user is known to the database, else false.
Returns a list of users known to the database.
Saves the contents of the database into the given file. If the file is not specified the system will use the path last used in a call to dbName read. The generated file can be read by the read method.
Reads the specified file and adds the contained user definitions to the database. As the file is actually source'd a safe interpreter is employed to safeguard against malicious code. This interpreter knows the add command for adding users and their associated data to this database. This command has the same argument signature as the method add. The path of the file is remembered internally so that it can be used in the next call of dbName save without an argument.


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Copyright (c) 2002 Andreas Kupries <>
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