Kwiki::Notify::Mail - send an email when a page is updated


Version 0.04


 $ cd /path/to/kwiki
 $ kwiki -add Kwiki::Notify::Mail
 $ cat config/notify_mail.yaml >> config.yaml
 $ edit config.yaml


This module requires MIME::Lite to send email.


This module allows you to notify yourself by email when some one updates a page. You can specify the To:, From: and Subject: headers, but the email message body is not currently configurable.

A sample email looks like:

 Content-Disposition: inline
 Content-Length: 52
 Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary
 Content-Type: text/plain
 MIME-Version: 1.0
 X-Mailer: MIME::Lite 3.01 (F2.72; B3.01; Q3.01)
 Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 22:00:31 UT
 Subject: Kwiki page update

 Kwiki page LotsOfWikiWords edited by AnonymousGnome

Configuration Directives

  • notify_mail_to

    Specify the mail address you are sending to. Email will be sent to these addresses for all page updates.

  • notify_mail_topic

    Specify the mail topic or ConfigPage that is used to decide who to send mail to. The ConfigPage is of the format


    WikiPage may be given as a regular expression, and multiple email addresses may be given. For example:


    If you are also using the notify_mail_to directive, any email will also be sent to that address.

    Note: Addresses are separated by spaces. If your message transfer agent expects addresses separated by commas, then use a comma. However in this case you can't also use the notify_mail_to directive, because it will be added to the email From: line with a space.

  • notify_mail_from

    Specify the address this is apparently from.

  • notify_mail_subject

    Specify a subject line for the mail message. You can make use of sprintf()-type formatting codes (%s is the only one that is relevant). If you put one or more %s in the configuration directive it will print out the site title, page name and whom it was edited by. You may also put $1, $2 and/or $3 in the subject line. They will be replaced with the site title, the page name and whom it was edited by respectively.


     notify_mail_subject: Kwiki was updated

    gives you the Subject: line

     Subject: Kwiki was updated

    If your site title (defined in site_title in config.yaml) was 'ProjectDiscussion', then

     notify_mail_subject: My wiki %s was updated

    gives you the Subject: line

     Subject: My wiki ProjectDiscussion was updated

    Next you can add the page name with a second %s. If the updated page happened to be 'NextWeeksAgenda', the configuration directive

     notify_mail_subject: My wiki %s page %s was updated

    gives you the Subject: line

     Subject: My wiki ProjectDiscussion page NextWeeksAgenda was updated

    Finally, a third %s gives you the name of the person who edited the page:

     notify_mail_subject: My wiki %s page %s was updated by %s
     Subject: My wiki ProjectDiscussion page NextWeeksAgenda was updated
     by PointyHairedBoss

    The important thing to remember is that when using %s, you can't change the order of argument substitution. To do that, you need something like this:

     notify_mail_subject: $3 has updated $2 on $1

    gives you the Subject: line

     Subject: PointyHairedBoss has updated NextWeeksAgenda on ProjectDiscussion

    The default value is

     notify_mail_subject: %s wiki page %s updated by %s

    which should be fine for most people.

  • notify_mail_debug

    When set, saves the mail message to /tmp/kwiki_notify_mail.txt instead of sending it.


James Peregrino, <>


The folks at irc::/, especially alevin and statico. The style of this module has been adapted from statico's Kwiki::Notify::IRC.

Brian Somers <> provided the code and documentation for the notify_mail_topic feature.


The debug file is saved to /tmp and should be user configurable. This module was not tested under Windows and certainly /tmp doesn't exist there.

Please report any bugs or feature requests to, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


Copyright 2004 James Peregrino, All Rights Reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.