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02-13-2006, 12:10 AM
Hello, I am new with this and still not quite sure of everything. I am trying to send an email with an attachment through a form. I have found info on the web on how to do this, however, I do not want to send a uploaded file. Instead I would like to send a file that is already residing on my server. So basic function is user enters email and submits form and then receives an email with an attachment. Here is some code I was trying to work with from http://www.sitepoint.com/article/advanced-email-php is there a simple way to edit it to send a file from my server instead of an uploaded file.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

// Read POST request params into global vars
$to = $_POST['to'];
$from = $_POST['from'];
$subject = $_POST['subject'];
$message = $_POST['message'];

// Obtain file upload vars
$fileatt = $_FILES['fileatt']['tmp_name'];
$fileatt_type = $_FILES['fileatt']['type'];
$fileatt_name = $_FILES['fileatt']['name'];

$headers = "From: $from";

if (is_uploaded_file($fileatt)) {
// Read the file to be attached ('rb' = read binary)
$file = fopen($fileatt,'rb');
$data = fread($file,filesize($fileatt));

// Generate a boundary string
$semi_rand = md5(time());
$mime_boundary = "==Multipart_Boundary_x{$semi_rand}x";

// Add the headers for a file attachment
$headers .= "\nMIME-Version: 1.0\n" .
"Content-Type: multipart/mixed;\n" .
" boundary=\"{$mime_boundary}\"";

// Add a multipart boundary above the plain message
$message = "This is a multi-part message in MIME format.\n\n" .
"--{$mime_boundary}\n" .
"Content-Type: text/plain; charset=\"iso-8859-1\"\n" .
"Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit\n\n" .
$message . "\n\n";

// Base64 encode the file data
$data = chunk_split(base64_encode($data));

// Add file attachment to the message
$message .= "--{$mime_boundary}\n" .
"Content-Type: {$fileatt_type};\n" .
" name=\"{$fileatt_name}\"\n" .
//"Content-Disposition: attachment;\n" .
//" filename=\"{$fileatt_name}\"\n" .
"Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64\n\n" .
$data . "\n\n" .

// Send the message
$ok = @mail($to, $subject, $message, $headers);
if ($ok) {
echo "<p>Mail sent! Yay PHP!</p>";
} else {
echo "<p>Mail could not be sent. Sorry!</p>";

02-13-2006, 12:55 AM
Sorry I missed the PHP tags.

02-13-2006, 03:08 AM
I've never done it like that before, but what I would suggest is to provide a dropdown or checkbox list of files you want to send as email attachments and build the email from that. Instead of reading the attachment(s) into a buffer the way they're doing in that Sitepoint article, you might do something like this:

$my_file = ob_get_contents();

So now the variable called $my_file has the contents of the file that needs to go into the attachment boundary.

Hopefully, this is enough detail to get you started.

02-13-2006, 04:36 AM
Try PHPMailer: