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Posted on 2009-05-07
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I have a multi-part email that I am sending off, I have tested it in Hotmail, Thunderbird, Outlook and Yahoo.  It works fine in all but Yahoo.  In Yahoo it is coming through but blank.  I have played with the headers a bit and if I leave the "Content-Type" blank it will come through raw.  If I included the Content-Type header it will come through blank.

I had read that the boundary in the header needed to be surrounded by double quotes so I added those, that didn't.  Here is the header from Yahoo where it is coming through blank, it looks fine to me.  Blow is the full code, I am sure I am missing something very simple but this is a real big problem.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bad Yahoo Header~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
From XXXXX Thu May  7 06:27:37 2009
Return-Path: <xxx@xxxx.com>
Authentication-Results: mta347.mail.mud.yahoo.com  from=xxxx.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig); from=xxx.com; dkim=neutral (no  sig)
Received: from 67.192.241.184  (EHLO smtp184.xxx.xxx.com) (67.192.241.184)
  by mta347.mail.mud.yahoo.com with SMTP; Thu, 07 May 2009 06:27:38 -0700
Received: from relay8.relay.xxx.xxx.com (localhost [127.0.0.1])
      by relay8.relay.xxx.xxx.com (SMTP Server) with ESMTP id B4B9C403AC;
      Thu,  7 May 2009 09:27:37 -0400 (EDT)
Received: by relay8.relay.xxx.xxx.com (Authenticated sender: customer-AT-xxxxx.com) with ESMTPA id A9A054039F;
      Thu,  7 May 2009 09:27:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: xxxxxxxxx <xxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.com>
To: xxxxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.com
Subject: Subject
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="PHP-alt-22dc05556024f4de66cfa8490508b585"
Date: Thu, 07 May 2009 08:27:37 -0500
Message-ID: <91ec1f9324753048c0096d036a694f86@austinkayak.com>
Content-Length: 3829

<?php
 
//so we use the MD5 algorithm to generate a random hash
$random_hash = md5(date('r', time())); 
 
//define the receiver of the email
$subject = "Subject";
$headers["From"] = "xxxx <xxx@xxx.com>";
$hearder["Reply-To"] = "xxx <xxx@xxx.com>";
$headers["Return-Path"] = "xxx@xxx.com";
$headers["To"] = $RecipientEmail;
$headers["Subject"] = $subject;
//add boundary string and mime type specification
//$headers["Content-Type"] = "multipart/alternative; boundary=\"PHP-alt-".$random_hash."\"";
$headers["Date"] = date('r');
    $retArray = "xxx@xxx.com";
	$theMSGID = $retArray;
	$theMSGID = explode("@", $theMSGID);
	$theMSGID = "<".md5($theMSGID[0])."@xxxx.com>";
$headers["Message-ID"] = $theMSGID; 
$headers["X-Mailer"] = "PHP v".phpversion();
$headers["X-Priority"] = "3";
//read the atachment file contents into a string,
//encode it with MIME base64,
//and split it into smaller chunks
 
//define the body of the message.
ob_start(); //Turn on output buffering
?>
--PHP-alt-<?php echo $random_hash;?>
 
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
 
Some simple text
 
--PHP-alt-<?php echo $random_hash; ?>
Content-Type: text/html; charset="iso-8859-1"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
 
<html>
<body>
            <table width=770 cellpadding=5 cellspacing=0>
              <tr>
            	<td width=375 rowspan=2>some simple html
				</td>
				</tr>
				</table>
</body>
</html>
 
--PHP-alt-<?php echo $random_hash; ?>--
<?php
//copy current buffer contents into $message variable and delete current output buffer
$message = ob_get_clean();
//send the email
 
require_once('/home/xxxx/public_html/utilities/includes/xxxx_config.php');
 
$mail_object =& Mail::factory("smtp", $smtpinfo);
 
$RecipientEmail .= "," . "xxx@xxxx.com";
$mail_object->send($RecipientEmail, $headers, $message);
 
?>

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Wow, this was a simple one and I am surprised that it wasn't answered before I figured it out.  The parsing after an echo was muffed up.

--PHP-alt-<?php echo $random_hash; ?>
Content-Type: text/html; charset="iso-8859-1"

needed to be

--PHP-alt-<?php echo $random_hash; ?>

Content-Type: text/html; charset="iso-8859-1"

The extra line break is necessary and fixes the problem, without it it is merging both lines together and thus making the boundary invalid.

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