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Whats the best way to setup sendmail in PHP.ini (sendmail_path or smtp server and port)

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I'm just setting up postfix in my PHP.ini and I'm wondering which method I should use, should I point it at the command line to send from /usr/sbin/sendmail or should I use the postfix server so it's send via port 25?

Which is the fastest method? Are there any advantages or disadvantages between both methods?


[mail function]
; For Win32 only.
SMTP = localhost
smtp_port = 25
 
; For Unix only.  You may supply arguments as well (default: "sendmail -t -i").
;sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i

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If you have smtp service listening on localhost on port 25 then that would seem to be the best solution in terms of portability - that way your PHP scripts should be able to send mail with no reconfiguration of PHP required if you happen to change your MTA / server setup.

AFAIK the daemon option may be marginally better performance / memory wise, however you're not going to notice any real difference unless you are dealing with a massive load of mail sent per second

When setting up scripts with mailing requirements, I tend to build upon phpmailer (http://phpmailer.codeworxtech.com/) if there's going to be any significant amount of mailing from the script.

HTH!
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