php mail fails

See attached, a fairly simple php script to send an email. Nothing is sent.

I put echo's into the code to show what's going on. The result is in the image file.

Note that "ret" is the return value from the mail function, there is no value, so I assume it's failing.

You can try it at

What's wrong?
Richard KortsAsked:
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requeueConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First, is the server configured to send email ?
The setting is normally done in php.ini file. The smtp server is specified by hosting company.

Second, CC should be separated by comma. not by semi-colon.
First off, try

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instead of
echo $ret;

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so you don't need to assume.

Even better:

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It appears that @requeue hit the nail on the head.

If I don't put myself in Carbon Copy, the mail is delivered to the mailing subsytem (a final "1" is printed).

Still, that does not ensure the mail is actually delivered to recipient(s). See mail function.

Also, your mailing configuration can use SMTP or sendmail, depending on your hosting. I suggest you put up a script with the following single line:
<?php phpinfo(); ?>

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And see what you have.
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If you don't have access to the php.ini file on the server, you might be able to do ini_sets to specify your own smtp and other settings needed by the mail()

For example:

ini_set ( sendmail_from, "" );
ini_set( SMTP, "" );
ini_set( smtp_port, 25 );

If your smtp server requires authentication to relay - the PHP mail() is not very flexible.  You might be able to take advantage of the php pear add-on.  Here is a really easy tutorial:

I hope you get it working.
Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Phpmailer is your friend
Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
Apparently, the Cc semicolons.
Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
To all,

The server is php email configured; I am sending other emails from this site in several other places.

It seems that the semicolon in header causes failure (as per requeue). I am successfully using ; in the mail "to" string, I guess it's in the header that it causes the issue.

Thanks all!
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