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Why doesn't this email script work?

Posted on 2011-03-09
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Here's my code:

$email_address = trim($_POST['email']);
$name = trim($_POST['name']);
$phone = trim($_POST['phone']);
$time_frame = trim($_POST['time_frame']);
$underground = "christopher@undergroundtreehouse.com";

$to  = $email . ', '; // note the comma
$to .= 'christopher@undergroundtreehouse.com';
$subject = "The Underground Treehouse Demo Service";
$headers = "MIME-Version: 1.0" . "\r\n";
$headers .= "Content-type:text/html;charset=iso-8859-1" . "\r\n";
$headers .= 'From: <christopher@undergroundtreehouse.com>' . "\r\n";
$subject = "The Underground Treehouse";
$message .= "<b>Thank you for contacting the \"Underground Treehouse!\"</b><P>You will be contacted shortly.<P>Thanks again!";
mail($to, $subject , $message, $headers);

I don't know how to test it without sending multiple emails (which I have been doing), but I'm hoping some ninja can look at this and identify a problem that I currently can't see.

Thoughts?
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Question by:brucegust
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by:Beverley Portlock
Beverley Portlock earned 166 total points
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You don't actually say what is wrong with the mail. "Doesn't work" is not very helpful in diagnosis.

Having said that....

1) You have "$subject = " on two lines, so one wipes the other

2) $headers .= 'From: <christopher@undergroundtreehouse.com>' . "\r\n"; should not have < and > in there

3) None of your data is cleaned to prevent abuse. I could use this script as a mail relay by simply setting $_POST['email'] appropriately.

4) Your HTML is badly formed. The <p> tags have no closures </p>

But none of those will stop it from working
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lexlythius earned 167 total points
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Instead of discarding mail function's return value, print it:

$res = mail($to, $subject , $message, $headers);
var_dump($res);

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If it prints false, you have a problem with the mail syntax.

If it prints true, PHP forwarded your mail to the system's Mail Transport Agent and problem is elsewhere (firewall, PHP configuration, MTA configuration, OS configuration, etc).
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by:Aaron Tomosky
Aaron Tomosky earned 167 total points
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At se point you may want to look at phpmailer. Free. Awesome. Attachments. And best of all.... Use any smut server you want. It comes with examples to pull email addresses from a db too.
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by:brucegust
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Guys, as it turns out the script does work. Because I'm on a shared server, it just took longer than I expected to arrive.

However, every one of these insights is valuable so I'm going to give all three of you points.

Thanks for weighing in!
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