php script to handle automated email reply from application.

Posted on 2008-10-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-13
Hello Experts,

Here's my scenario:

I have a php form which sends email to application which inturn replies back with an automated email.  This automated email will include a ticket number.

Now what I want to do is to have the ticket number picked up from the automated email and send another email with the ticket number as the subject line.

Please guide me how this can be achieved.

NOTE: The automated email will be sent to the person whose email address is specified in the php form. I am phpmailer to send email in my form.

Question by:Shiva_Kumar
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Author Comment

ID: 22788629

Thank for your response.  the instructions which u gave me is a bit confusing to me.  Could you please elaborate on how to achive this step by step.

Please forgive my ignorance.


Expert Comment

ID: 22789503
First determine if the emails will be got using POP or IMAP? then we can continue ok?

Author Comment

ID: 22790678
Its going to be POP

Accepted Solution

mgonullu earned 500 total points
ID: 22791129
That is fine let is choose the easiest and the most straight through way.
Your Application will send an email to
So your form should access that inbox and parse the subject witch is the ticket number.
Let us use the PEAR:
Using this tutorial: 
you can write the function that will read the email subject (Header)

Please let me know if you need more clarifications

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