Tuesday, May 22, 2012

php mail function sendmail

Yesterday I needed to send an email from a php page to an email address, sounded simple enough but when I tried it it did not work, so after a bit of searching I found lots of people having the same issues but no simple instructions to get it working.

Here are the simple instructions.

My Setup:
Ubuntu Server default install with lamp.
Exchange server installed on a different server.

The steps taken:
1) Install sendmail
    from the terminal
    sudo apt-get install sendmail

2) Edit php.ini
    from the terminal
    sudo vim /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
    approx line 1059 change
    ;sendmail_path =
    sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i
    write changes and exit

3) restart apache2
    from the terminal
    sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

4) edit hosts file
    from the terminal
    sudo vim /etc/hosts
    near the top add hostname.local hostname
    where hostname = your hostname

5) Create your php test page
     from termianl
     sudo vim /var/www/mail.php
     add code

Write changes and exit

6) From a machine with a web browser access the mail.php.



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