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RE: PREDICT Version 2.1.0 For Linux Released



Hi Tony.

> How easy would this be to interface to some form of email request server?
> For example, if I was to send an email to (say) predict@mysite.org, with the
> name of a satellite or two in the text, I would want to receive an email
> with the passes for the next week (or other suitable time frame) for the
> satellite(s).  Would also need a mechanism to specify the lat/long of the
> observer as well...

It can definately be done, but the program would need to be modified to
accept input from a file or stdin.  One way of feeding incoming mail to
the program would be through sendmail's .forward facility as well as the
procmail program.

I thought about this sort of thing way back in the late 80s when I
had PREDICT running on a Unix box connected to the "net" via a UUCP
connection.  However, I never developed any such feature because I
felt if someone had a computer with which to send and receive mail,
then they would have everything necessary to make orbital predictions
on their own.  :-)


73, de John, KD2BD

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