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Common e-mail server software (postfix, sendmail, presumably exim but I didn't check that one) supports forwarding to programs via pipes, so this isn't esoteric at all. Ticketing systems such as Redmine and mailing list managers such as GNU Mailman use it all the time. If you prefer not to run your own e-mail server, you can programmatically access ...


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The standard technique for this sort of reporting work is to define the aggregates you need, and then compute them incrementally on a regular basis and store the results. Then, when the time comes to prepare the report, you assemble it (at least, as much as possible) from these stored results. The computation of longer-range aggregates may itself use ...


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