Ed Lazor wrote:
> At 06:25 PM 2/2/2002 -0500, Chris Cocuzzo wrote:
> >Godamnit. Shut-up about this already for godsakes and answer the
> >original question!!
> LOL  hehe good point Chris.

Aleluia, somebody sensible! :-)

> >"Ben Clumeck" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
> > > I would like to send an e-mail (the same e-mail) to 1,000 different
> > > people.  I want each persons name to be in the "To:" field.  Is there a
> > way to
> > > customize it to where it can say Dear____ (having a different persons name
> > > corresponding to an e-mail address) so that it looks customized.
> Ben, how you approach this will depend on how you have the data
> stored.  Let's assume two things:  you have the e-mail addresses and names
> in a database and know how to retrieve and store them into the variables
> $email and $name.  That said, create the body of your text:
> $body = "
> Dear $name,
> Here are recent developments on our web site... etc.
> ";
> Then use the mail function (http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.mail.php)
> to send the letter to the person like this:
> mail($email, "Site update", $body, "From:  [EMAIL PROTECTED]");
> The next thing you'll probably start wondering is how to send fancy e-mail
> instead of those generic text based ones...  PHPBuilder has an article
> you'll want to check out located here:
> http://www.phpbuilder.com/columns/kartic20000807.php3.

I do not advice anybody to send personalized bulk mail, even less in
PHP. It will take a lot of time to just queue the message in the local
relay mail server and since each message has to be stored separately in
the mail server queue disk consuming a lot of space.

What I recommend is to just queue a single message with all recepients
in Bcc:. This is better done with qmail using qmail-inject because you
do not have to actually add Bcc: headers to the message, just the
recipients addresses, one per line,  and then headers and the body of
the message. You may want to try this class for composing and sending
MIME messages. It has subclasses for queing with PHP mail function, SMTP
server, sendmail and qmail.


If you can use it, I recommend to use qmail because it is much faster
than the other alternatives to queue message to be sent to many
recipients and also provides very good means to figure exactly which
addresses are bouncing your messages so you can process them eventually
unsubscribing the users in question, thanks to its VERP capability
(Variable Envelope Return Path). http://www.qmail.org/

If you want to send messages regularly to the same group of users, I
recommend that you use ezmlm-idx because it provides very efficient and
secure way to handle subscriptions and messages bouncings.

I don't recommend the patches of ezmlm that let it be interfaced with
user lists maintained in MySQL or PostgreSQL. I doubt that those
databases are faster to query than DJB's cdb user list databases. Also,
I don't think that most people want the user to be deleted from a
database if it's address is bouncing for too long (11 days).

Anyway, you may want to look into this PHP web interface to create and
setup options of ezmlm mailing lists. It also comes with a SOAP server
interface that you can use to provide Web services to subscribe,
unsubscriber, verify and count users in ezmlm mailing lists.


Manuel Lemos

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