Multiple Choice sheets automated marking


AMC-mailing — mail PDF annotated completed answer sheets to students


auto-multiple-choice mailing [--xmlargs args.xml] --project project-dir --students-list students-list.csv [--list-encoding encoding] --email-column col --sender sender-email --subject subject --text email-body [--text-content-type content-type] [--debug file.log] [transport arguments...]


The command sends by email the PDF annotated completed answer sheets to the students. Email addresses are taken from the students list file.

--project project-dir

Gives the project directory.

--students-list students-list.csv

sets the students list file name.

--list-encoding encoding

selects an encoding for file students-list.csv (default is utf-8).

--email-column col

sets the name of the column containing the email addresses of the students in the students list file.

--sender sender-email

sets the sender email.

--cc cc-email-address

sets the carbon copy email address.

--bcc bcc-email-address

sets the blind carbon copy email address.

--subject subject

sets the subject of the emails to send.

--text email-body

sets the body text of the emails to send.

--text-content-type content-type

sets the content-type of email text. content-type may be text/plain or text/html.

--attach filename

adds file filename as an attachment to all emails sent. Use this option several times to attach multiple files.

--transport transport

sets the transport to use. transport may be sendmail or SMTP.

--debug file.log

gives a file to fill with debugging information.

--delay time

sets a delay of time seconds between each sending.

Transport arguments

Depending on the value used for argument transport, the following arguments can be added:

Transport sendmail

--sendmail-path path

sets the path to the sendmail command (defaults to /usr/sbin/sendmail).

Transport SMTP

--smtp-host host

sets the SMTP hostname (defaults to smtp).

--smtp-port port

sets the port to use (default value is 25).

--smtp-ssl mode

sets the security mode for the SMTP connection. The option mode can be ssl, starttls, or 0 (unsecured).

--smtp-user user

sets the username for authenticated SMTP.

--smtp-passwd-file file

gives the path of a file containing the password (as the first line of the file) for authenticated SMTP.

Arguments in a XML file

To avoid encoding problems, one can place some arguments in a XML file and use the --xmlargs file.xml argument as the first command argument. Here is an example of such a file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <arg>--sender</arg><arg>Bienvenüe &lt;;</arg>
  <arg>--text</arg><arg>Voilà votre copie corrigée</arg>