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Using PHP and PEAR Mail for Bounce-Catching

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I have a PHP script that runs when emails are sent to bounce@... I've read many solutions on EE and articles on the web, but what's the best way to handle bounces with PHP and PEAR mail? I've read that return-path isn't an SMTP standard... what should I do?
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http://pear.php.net/manual/en/package.networking.net-smtp.net-smtp.mailfrom.php

This allows you to set the MAIL FROM name that is send in the SMTP conversation.

<?php
 
$mailer = Mail::factory('smtp',$params);
$mailer->getSMTPObject()->mailFrom('bounce@...');

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Okay, that looks promising. How can I pass a user variable such as and ID through an email. I've read you can create a catch-all address so I could do:
$bounce = $id . "-bounce@...";

However, I'm on Plesk so I don't think I can create a catch-all... Are there any other ways to return an ID variable to my bounce script.
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On Plesk you can create a catch-all adress. On your domains page, go to mail and then to preferences.and choose what to do with mail to nonexistent user. You can first create a mailbox and forward all mail to there.

You could then indeed create a per user bounce adres. You can also encode the users email adres and add that to the bounce adres (bounce-user=example.org@...)
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Thanks for your help. I'm now developing this...
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