Subject: RE: [PHP] Mail Function Problem
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:19:15 +0100


On Mon, 2010-04-12 at 12:25 -0400, Alice Wei wrote:

> Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:09:42 -0500
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> Subject: Re: [PHP] Mail Function Problem
> Alice Wei wrote:
> >> Hi!
> >> You have the following php.ini params:SMTP =
> >> 
> >> smtp_port = 587
> >> not support relay and it requires authentication.
> > 
> > Is there an email account that I could try? I thought 
>  > most email accounts requires authentication anyway.
> Well, "therein lies the rub," as the Bard said (maybe).
> PHP's mail() was built on a general assumption that
> there would be a local SMTP server.  It supports remote
> SMTP, but I'm not aware of any ability to do SMTP auth,
> even in the PEAR packages.
> You might just wanna read up on mail in general.  The
> page lists several relevant RFC's, and
> has links to most of the PEAR mail classes, etc.
> You should definitely read up on's email
> configuration.  If they use SMTP auth, I'm not sure
> you can do this (per above).  If it uses, say, "POP
> before SMTP" for authorization, you might be able to
> hack something together with the PHP IMAP functions, or
> even sockets, but you're getting into a big lotta work
> for what seems a small thing.

This is what I am talking about. 
Two years ago when I first set up my own server with Linux and not Windows, I 
never had to deal with this. 
Perhaps the authentication has since then got stricter, but it should not be so 
much of a heck of a deal. 

I found this doc from ATT's website,, so obviously the 
smtp server I provided earlier is probably not up to date. 

I think I will fiddle around with the php.ini file and see what else is there. 

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Linux installations come with sendmail which allows you to send email directly. 
Windows doesn't have this as part of the base setup, but I believe if you can 
install a local mail server then this should fix the issue.

Something like I use AT&T, why is it that I use 
their SMTP server and my From address in PHP.ini file didn't work?




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