Here are some quick tips on setting up SPF and DKIM on digitalocean DNS for mandrill transactional email
First, mandrill provides an excellent testing for SPF and DKIM, so use it to see if there are any problems with your current settings.
To get started go to the DNS for your domain
To setup the SPF record choose Add Record
Next choose TXT type
for the name enter: @
for the value enter in quotes:
"v=spf1 include:spf.mandrillapp.com ?all"
you can add additional includes, but do not include your own domain. If you are using another service for your smtp and want to add it, only use the root domain e.g. if your smtp is host701.hostmonster.com only use include:hostmonster.com
click the Create button and you should get a success message
Next lets add the DKIM record. Click Add Record, choose TXT
for the name enter the value: mandrill._domainkey
do not tack on your domain to the end of this, it will not work with the DNS used by digitalocean as it is automatically added.
For the value, enter the key given by mandrill without escaped semicolons, but remember to put the who value in double quotes.
Finally, click Create.
If everything goes well, you should pass both tests on mandrill.
I came across this library textract for extracting text from various formats. I was interested to use this for extracting text from html files. Here is what I did to get it to install on my machine.
The installation outlines some steps that you need to perform. These steps can be found at the following url:
I wanted to install it for python 3.4 on ubuntu 14.04, but it seemed to only support python 2.x. Here is what I did to get it to install for python 3.4
Get your virtualenv setup first
virtualenv -p /usr/bin/python3.4 /usr/local
1. install required libraries for linux as outlined in the installation page.
2. download the source file for textract from
3. untar the downloaded file
4. cd into the directory and look for cases of :
except ShellError, e:
and change it to
except ShellError as e:
5. edit the requirements/python file comment out
6. install the python 3 equivalent
pip install pdfminer3k
7. finally run
python3.4 setup.py install
Everything should install at this point.
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