MAMP, PHP, email(), postfix... config question.

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by toddburch, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. toddburch macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2006
    Katy, Texas
    I wasn't sure which forum to put this in - and figured this was as good as any.

    I downloaded and installed MAMP. Seems to be working fine.

    I've written a .php form. It displays fine. I keep it in MAMP/htdocs just like MAMP requires.

    When I click submit, the email() function returns TRUE, but the mail never goes out.

    Researching this some, I found the error log (the bounced email) in /var/mail/ in a file named toddburch (my machine name). The error says this:
    (I edited my email address to say "myuserid")

    From MAILER-DAEMON  Thu Aug 16 12:57:24 2007
    Return-Path: <>
    X-Original-To: toddburch@todd-burchs-computer.local
    Delivered-To: toddburch@todd-burchs-computer.local
    Received: by todd-burchs-computer.local (Postfix)
    	id 1EACB20B460; Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:57:24 -0500 (CDT)
    Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:57:24 -0500 (CDT)
    From: MAILER-DAEMON@todd-burchs-computer.local (Mail Delivery System)
    Subject: Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender
    To: toddburch@todd-burchs-computer.local
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: multipart/report; report-type=delivery-status;
    Message-Id: <20070816175724.1EACB20B460@todd-burchs-computer.local>
    This is a MIME-encapsulated message.
    Content-Description: Notification
    Content-Type: text/plain
    This is the Postfix program at host todd-burchs-computer.local.
    I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not be
    be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.
    For further assistance, please send mail to <postmaster>
    If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
    delete your own text from the attached returned message.
    			The Postfix program
    <>: host[] said: 553 5.1.8
        <toddburch@todd-burchs-computer.local>... Domain of sender address
        toddburch@todd-burchs-computer.local does not exist (in reply to MAIL FROM
    Content-Description: Delivery report
    Content-Type: message/delivery-status
    Reporting-MTA: dns; todd-burchs-computer.local
    X-Postfix-Queue-ID: 30CF720B45A
    X-Postfix-Sender: rfc822; toddburch@todd-burchs-computer.local
    Arrival-Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:57:22 -0500 (CDT)
    Final-Recipient: rfc822;
    Action: failed
    Status: 5.0.0
    Diagnostic-Code: X-Postfix; host[] said: 553
        5.1.8 <toddburch@todd-burchs-computer.local>... Domain of sender address
        toddburch@todd-burchs-computer.local does not exist (in reply to MAIL FROM
    Content-Description: Undelivered Message
    Content-Type: message/rfc822
    Received: by todd-burchs-computer.local (Postfix, from userid 501)
    	id 30CF720B45A; Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:57:22 -0500 (CDT)
    Subject: Membership
    X-Mailer: PHP/5.2.3
    Message-Id: <20070816175722.30CF720B45A@todd-burchs-computer.local>
    Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:57:22 -0500 (CDT)
    Sign me up!
    Todd Burch
    This is a textarea box. 
    line 2 
    line 3.
    Thanks!  Connie.
    So, the error says my domain is not valid, and I have to agree. Searching the net, I found a few hits about this, and found one approach that suggested I sudo pico etc/hostconfig to add a

    I tried that, and got another error (It's all getting foggy now - this was done late last night). I backed that change out, as I noticed the info was 5 years old (circa 2002, and for Panther - I'm running Tiger).

    Before doing the pico to hostconfig, I tried a sudo and if I remember correctly, both this and the hostconfig change added the needed FROM: info in the email. But, I also changed my .php file to add an additional "From: " header at the same time. So... who knows.

    Can anyone help straighten this out for me? It's not overwhelming, but there's a whole lot of config going on here that is untrodden turf for me.

    Thanks, Todd

    (If needed, I can supply my .php file and the php.ini file as well)

    EDIT - I typed email() and I should have typed mail(), referring to the PHP builtin function.
  2. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    I don't have direct experience with this problem, but I believe you need to change some settings in your php.ini. Changing your Mac's hostname would probably also work, but is more of a hack than a solution.
  3. toddburch thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2006
    Katy, Texas
    Yeah, thanks for the link. I think I've read that 20 times now.

    After too many hours of getting frustrated with MAMP's paradigm - I ditched it.

    I figured out how to modify Apache (that came with OS X) to serve a .php file (easy), and modifying the default php.ini file (actually, copying the php.ini.default to php.ini and modiying that one) to complete the sendmail_from, specifying the -f value, it works great!

    So, my form is functional, and now I need to upgrade Apache, upgrade PHP, and then install MySQL.

    Thanks, Todd
  4. quitesurreal macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2005
    settings that finally worked for me

    The information here was close enough to help, but I had to use a slight variant. In MAMP's MAMP\conf\php5 (as i am using php5) directory, I edited the php.ini file and set the [mail function] info to:

    [mail function]
    ; For Win32 only.
    ;SMTP = localhost
    ;smtp_port = 25

    ; For Win32 only.
    ;sendmail_from =

    ; For Unix only. You may supply arguments as well (default: "sendmail -t -i").
    sendmail_path =/usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i -f

    Obviously, the email address needs to be a real email address that you wish to use. Then stop/start MAMP. The test email (testemail.php) page contents which is located in my MAMP/htdocs/test is:

    $efrom = "From:\r\n";
    '', // your email address
    'Test', // email subject
    'This is an email sent from MAMP', // email body
    $efrom . "\r\n"// additional headers

    On my system, I opened a browser and entered:


    I hope this is useful to others.
  5. nicodv macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2011
    i can´t make it work

    Hello, the changes proposed doesn´t work for me (i´m a beginner in this) I´m changing all the email addresses from the php.ini and still i doesn´t respond.

    ; For Win32 only.
    ;SMTP = localhost
    ;smtp_port = 25

    ; For Win32 only.
    ;sendmail_from =

    ; For Unix only. You may supply arguments as well (default: "sendmail -t -i").
    sendmail_path =/usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i -f

    Any other tip to try? What other thing should i revise in order to make it work?

    Thank you very much

  6. gmopinillosv macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2011
    Maybe this needs to buy MAMP PRO because both MAMP and MAMP PRO are different.

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