Getting email replies with Net::IMAP

Hi, I recently made a program that retrieves emails from an inbox and
enters the body of those emails into a database using IMAP. I was just
wondering, is there any function in IMAP or other solution where I can
just get the body of the new email and exclude the quoted parts of the
previous emails? for example, currently I'm getting things like this in
my database:

Let's try this one out On Jun 30, 2009, at 11:19 AM, Mark wrote: >
Thanks for all your help bud.

^^ here i only want the "Let's try this one out" and not the text that
comes after it.

Different email providers handle quoting in different ways, so I don't
think it's as easy as looking for a certain string and deleting the text
after it. I wouldn't want to do that anyway. Is there an object in IMAP
that handles this? Just curious if anyone has similar experience.
Thanks!

Mark Mr wrote:
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Different email providers handle quoting in different ways, so I don't
think it's as easy as looking for a certain string and deleting the text
after it.

You just answered your own question. There's no single standard for
quoting text, so how could there be anything in the IMAP protocol to
identify it?

I wouldn't want to do that anyway. Is there an object in IMAP
that handles this?

Oh, wait, you mean something in the Net::IMAP library rather than the
protocol command set? In that case I'm not sure, but since it's easy
enough to write a couple of regexps to handle the common cases, I'm not
sure why you'd need it.

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser wrote:

You just answered your own question. There's no single standard for
quoting text, so how could there be anything in the IMAP protocol to
identify it?

Oh, wait, you mean something in the Net::IMAP library rather than the
protocol command set? In that case I'm not sure, but since it's easy
enough to write a couple of regexps to handle the common cases, I'm not
sure why you'd need it.

I wasn't sure if there was some way of IMAP identifying quotes within an
email's body, but I know technology can do some crazy things so why not
:slight_smile: Just curious if anyone had done something similar and what worked for
them. Thanks for the reply though. I'll resort to regexps if necessary.

There's a Ruby gem to handle this, released by Github:

https://github.com/github/email_reply_parser

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