Well not to in anyway impune my collegue I don't think blat will help much. If I remember correctly it's a fairly simple way to send email not reading email.
If the goal here is to read an email you can use perl or python and employ Imap4 or Pop3 libraries. Idea being you pass an argument via silk to perl/python like -subject=blahblah
make a syetme call and return via exit(0) if you find it back to silk via system call. Thats one way to do it .. I have done it that way myself. And wouldn't it be really great if SilkTest were to get off it's liver spotted posterior and allow us to:
(1) work with Ajax and .net
(2) do things like read email
(3) work with xml reading and writing
(4) about a dozen other things like borderless tables
oh smeg! you're right, a swing and a miss on my part. I recall that I took a cheesy way out to read them, I found a mail program with standard objects in it so I could automate it easily. I think an old version of outlook (outlook express?) had standard objects in it, or was it pegasus?