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  • Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

    In my application, users can send emails to anyone, but the 'from' is always from MY email address. So when a person wants to reply to that email, the reply goes back to MY email address, and not to the actual user.

    The code I use is:

    vTo = "[email protected]"
    dim pm as P
    dim ps as P
    dim email_result as l
    'vMessageStr = "here is my messsage."
    flag = email_smtp_open(ps, "", 25, "my_email", "my_password")
    if flag = .f. then
    'report an error to the user
    end if
    pm._to = vTo
    pm.from = "[email protected]"
    pm.from_alias = "my_email"
    pm.subject = "This is the email subject line ..."
    pm.attachments = ""
    'pm.html_message = "<HTML><strong>This is really great!</strong><br><br></HTML>"
    'pm.html_message = pm.html_message+"<HTML>this is a test</HTML>"
    pm.html_message = "Well this this this This is a test"
    email_result = email_smtp_send(pm, ps)

    I figured changing the pm.from and/or the pm.alias to the user's actual email address would do the trick. But, when I do that the email does not even get sent.

    What am I missing?

    Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.

  • #2
    Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

    You aren't missing anything. The from is always the from you established in the email profile.

    Pat Bremkamp
    MindKicks Consulting


    • #3
      Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

      Hi Pat,

      Thanks for responding.

      I am not using an email profile??

      But, bottom line, is there a way to have emails come "from" the particular user?

      Thanks for your help.

      Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


      • #4
        Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

        This is what I have in a dialog:

        pm.from = CurrentForm.Controls.YourEmail.value

        The CurrentForm.Controls.YourEmail.value is another field the user completes (user's email address) while completing the dialog. When the recipient receives this email and desires to reply and clicks reply on the email program, the CurrentForm.Controls.YourEmail.value value is in the "To:" email program box.

        Alpha Five Websites


        • #5
          Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....


          Thanks for your reply!

          Unfortunately, my problem is when I put the user's email address in the pm.from, the email does not get sent at all.

          Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


          • #6
            Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

            Contact your ISP, this is probably a limitation of their SMTP server. Many providers require that the from address is from your actual account and not some other address.

            Lenny Forziati
            Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
            Alpha Software Corporation


            • #7
              Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....


              According to your code it looks like you are using AOL to send your email. I am pretty sure that AOL will not send mail where the from address is not a valid AOL email that is assigned to the AOL account that you are logging into their SMTP server with. My only suggestion is trying to use a different SMTP mail server that will allow the from address to be different than the host email account that you log in with.
              Jeff Ryder


              • #8
                Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

                Thanks for that info!

                Do you know of another that will allow this - Yahoo?

                Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


                • #9
                  Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....


                  Most of the big ones, AOL, yahoo, Gmail and others will more than likely block sending emails with different email addresses to basically block spam from being sent out through their servers. The first place I would check would be whoever is hosting your web site.
                  Last edited by jaryder; 08-10-2009, 04:40 PM.
                  Jeff Ryder


                  • #10
                    Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

                    For very little money, you could get a simple windows site hosted. Call it your email site. I pay under $8/mo and with that I can have several email address accounts. If you go this route, remember your email addresses will end with, org, whatever, so choose a wise name for your domain name. I have several windows accounts and my Alpha web site account with Zebrahost because their customer service is very good. This should solve your problem.
                    Last edited by EricN; 08-10-2009, 04:37 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

                      Thanks Eric, Jeff, and Lenny,

                      That is very good information. I will investigate the options.

                      Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.


                      • #12
                        Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

                        Dr Gary,
                        I had a similar problem like this circa 18 months ago when my ISP changed its port rules aand other settings.
                        The fast and easy solution was to start an account with
                        (Later my ISP fixed the problem)
                        Alternativly anyone with a mail server can give you access to there smtp service, naturally your mail will go the long way, but I doubt anyone will notice :-)


                        • #13
                          Re: Specifying the 'from' in an email ....

                          Thanks Colin. I will look in to that as well.

                          Gary S. Traub, Ph.D.