How can I write and install a program in PL/SQL for auto-replying to my users over the Internet by fetching their e-mail IDs from my online database?

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The UTL_SMTP package can be used to send e-mail from PL/SQL code to any user. All you need is the proper code and an SMTP gateway to send e-mail from. I have some sample PL/SQL code which shows you how to send an e-mail using UTL_SMTP. You just need to modify it for your purposes.

  PROCEDURE send_header(name IN VARCHAR2, header IN VARCHAR2) AS
    UTL_SMTP.WRITE_DATA(c, name || ': ' || header || UTL_TCP.CRLF);

  -- Open connection to SMTP gateway
  UTL_SMTP.HELO(c, '');
  UTL_SMTP.MAIL(c, '');
  UTL_SMTP.RCPT(c, '');
  send_header('From',    '"Oracle Admin" ');
  send_header('To',      '"Bob Smith" ');
  send_header('Subject', 'Automated Database Email');
  UTL_SMTP.WRITE_DATA(c, utl_tcp.CRLF || 'This is an automated email from the Oracle database.');
  UTL_SMTP.WRITE_DATA(c, utl_tcp.CRLF || 'The database is working for you!');
Feel free to modify this code sample for your needs. More information can be found in the Oracle documentation for the UTL_SMTP supplied PL/SQL package.

This was first published in December 2005

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