[thelist] PHP Mail() function

Bob Meetin bobm at dottedi.biz
Tue Jun 3 08:49:13 CDT 2014

Nothing in your code, certainly not

$body .= "\n\n\n";

looks wrong. Any idea why it started working again, a couple days later? How or why is it resetting, overnight? I can't imagine that you reached a limits threshhold. For you to have hit even a limit as low as 50/hour you need to be able to type/test incredibly fast.

To dispel any limits doubt you could run a simple foreach loop of, say 150 iterations, and have it email a simple test (not your code).  You could even dump the message count in the subject line. And check with support. Support typically does not support your scripting, but sometimes you get a tech is bored and curious.

Server and email logs are above webroot, /home/$your_account/logs (probably) and /home/$your_account/mail

If you are logged in and at the command line, you can look for typical server/php errors:

% find . -name error_log -print

php error reporting - maybe this will help - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1053424/how-do-i-get-php-errors-to-display

On 06/03/2014 03:30 AM, Santilal Parbhu wrote:
> Hi
> I have been tied up with other things for a few days and have not been able
> to work on this job.  However, I'm back on it now.
> Where do I find these logs.  I have had a look but could not find them.  Do
> I have to request them from my hosting provider?
> I am building up my message using a variable $body.  I initialise this to
> $body = "";
> Then I add to the message using
> $body .= "new string";
> $body .= "another new string";
> And so on.
> Eventually I send the email using
> mail($to,$subject,$body,$headers);
> I went through and disabled all of the "$body .=" instructions and then
> re-enabled them one at a time.  When I got the following line
> $body .= "\n\n\n";
> the email failed.  So then I thought there must be something in this line
> that is causing the mail to fail.  So I disabled this line again by
> commenting it out and resent the mail expecting it to work.  However, it did
> not.  So now I am thinking it is not my code but something on the server
> side so perhaps it is the logs that hold the only clue.
> Thanks everyone for your help.
> Santilal
> Santilal Parbhu
> Scorpion Engineering Limited
> PO Box 171
> Alexandra
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> Email: santilal at scorpioneng.co.nz
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> Subject: Re: [thelist] PHP Mail() function
> Hmm, and if the error or mail logs are not giving you anything meaningful,
> you can probably add a few lines of code to your php script using fopen and
> fwrite to create your own text logfile. You could also dabble and change the
> script to pull a couple different lines for tests. Eliminate one variable at
> a time.
> <?php
> $datetime = date('Y-m-d-H-i-s');
> $text --> maybe some output from the query, up to you
> if ( some_condition ) // optional
> {
>     $logfile = "$path/log.txt";
>     $fpi = fopen("$logfile", "a"); // a to append
>     fwrite($fpi, "$datetime|$text|$text2\n");
>     fclose ($fpi);
> }
> ?>
> On 05/31/2014 08:58 AM, Hassan Schroeder wrote:
>> On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM, Santilal Parbhu
>> <santilal at scorpioneng.co.nz> wrote:
>>> Hey thanks for the help.  However, I have found that I am barking up
>>> the wrong tree.  I inserted a test script and found that it worked.
>>> So then I disabled everything in my script that accesses the database
>>> and essentially just left the mail() part.  This also worked.  So
>>> there must be something in the data that I select that is stopping
>>> the email going out.  Perhaps a control character or similar.  Is this
> possible.
>> Anything's possible :-)
>> However, to repeat: what's in the logs? If mail sending is failing due
>> to some charset/encoding issue, I would expect to see that logged.
>> Actual data from your environment trumps guessing in most cases...
> --
> Bob Meetin
> www.dottedi.biz
> 303-926-0167 (m)

Bob Meetin
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