Getting mail.box database

A warning on which DB to look for when sending mails using LotusScript and making the doc directly in mail.box.

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When sending mails using LotusScript, most of us create the document directly in the mail.box database. In doing so, we usually look for the database "mail.box." There is a great threat with using mail.box, if we change the server configuration to use more than one mail.box, in which case the server will create mail1.box, mail2.box, etc. So it's always safer to check for a database mail1.box in your script, and if it doesn't find one, then open mail.box.

Function GetMailDb () As
 NotesDatabase
 Dim Sess As New NotesSession
 Dim Db As notesdatabase
 
 Set Db = Sess.Currentdatabase
 
 Set GetMailDb = New notesdatabase 
( Db.Server, "Mail1.Box" )
 
 If Not GetMailDb.IsOpen Then
  
  Set GetMailDb = New notesdatabase 
( Db.Server, "Mail.Box" )
  
 End If
 
 If Not GetMailDb.IsOpen Then
  
  Set GetMailDb = Nothing
  Print "Unable to Mail Box.
 Could not send email."
  
 End If
 
End Function

MEMBER FEEDBACK TO THIS TIP

This tip states: "Most of us create the document directly in the mail.box database."

I have never heard of anyone creating a document in mail.box. Why would you need to? See the Send method in the help database. All you need to do is create a document in the current database and '.send.' It will not be saved in the database, just e-mailed.

-- Tony B.

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This was first published in March 2004

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