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#1 cooper3000

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 11:12 PM

I have created a form which includes an opportunity for users to upload a document. Is it possible for me to send the form results including the document to a preset email address??

Any help on this would be great!

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 11:16 PM


#3 jpadie

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 11:21 PM

here is a code snip i wrote for a tek-tips user a couple of days ago. note that it contains a very crude file type limiter in the $permittedFileTypes variable.  just add to that array if you want or remove the check later on in the code.

function displayForm(){
<style type="text/css">
body, input {font-family:Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:10px;}
input {margin-top: 3px;}
label {font-weight:bold;}
.message {width:25%; border:dotted red 1px; background-color:#FFE1E1; padding: 5px; margin-left:2px; }
.mainForm {width:25%;}
<? if (!empty($GLOBALS['message'])): ?>
<div class="message">
<? endif; ?>
<form method="post" action="<?=$_SERVER['PHP_SELF']?>" enctype="multipart/form-data">
<fieldset class="mainForm" >
<legend>Upload file test script</legend>
<label>Type your name</label><br/>
<input type="text" name="posterName" /><br/>
<label>Select file for upload (max 3MB)</label><br/>
<input type="hidden" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" value="3145728"/>
<input type="file" name="uploadedFile" /><br/>
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="Upload" style="float:right; margin-right: 10px;" />

//test to see whether the form was submitted
if (isset($_POST['submit'])):
    //set up some useful variables
    //mail parameters
    $to =         "            ";
    $from =     "            ";
    $subject =     "Test message";
    $t =         date("j M Y, H:i:s");
    $errArray = array(
        "The uploaded file exceeds the value permitted in php.ini",
        "The uploaded file exceeds the MAX_FILE_SIZE directive that was specified in the HTML form",
        "The uploaded file was only partially uploaded",
        "No file was uploaded",
        "Missing a temporary folder",
        "Failed to write file to disk"
    $permittedFileTypes = array(
    //pick up the form variables and clean them a bit
    $name = !empty($_POST['posterName']) ? trim($_POST['posterName']) : "No name provided";
    //test to make sure that the file upload was ok,
    //if not provide the user with a sensible message
    if ($_FILES['uploadedFile']['error'] !== 0):
        $GLOBALS['message'] = "File did not upload ok.  Error was: ". $errArray[$_FILES['uploadedFile']['error']];
    //find out the extension of the uploaded file.
    //this is not a foolproof method !!!!
    $pathinfo = pathinfo($_FILES['uploadedFile']['name']);
    $extension = $pathinfo['extension'];
    if (!in_array($extension, $permittedFileTypes)):
        $GLOBALS['message'] = "Forbidden file type uploaded";
    //we're pretty much ok at this point so it's time to send the mail
    //create the message
    $msg = <<<STR
A contact form was uploaded at $t.

The user gave his name as $name.

The user uploaded a file called {$_FILES['uploadedFile']['name']}.

The uploaded file was {$_FILES['uploadedFile']['size']} bytes.
    //encode the uploaded file for email sending
    //use base 64
    $fileContents = file_get_contents($_FILES['uploadedFile']['tmp_name']);    
    //create a boundary for multipart messages
    $b = md5(time());
    $sep = "\n";
    //create the headers for a multipart email
    $headers  = "From: $from$sep";
    $headers .= "To: $to$sep";
    $headers .= "Return-Path: $from$sep";
    $headers .= "MIME-Version: 1.0$sep";
    $headers .= "Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary=\"$b\"$sep";
    $headers .= "$sep";    

    //add useful information for bad email clients
    $message = "This is a multi-part message in mime format $sep";
    $message .= "$sep";    

    //create the message part
    $message .= "--$b$sep";
    $message .= "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=\"iso-8859-1\"$sep";
    $message .= "Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit$sep";
    $message .= "$sep";
    $message .= $msg;
    $message .= "$sep";
    $message .= "$sep";
    //create the attachment part
    $message .= "--$b$sep";
    $message .= "Content-Type: application/octet-stream$sep";
    $message .= "Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64$sep";
    $message .= "Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"{$_FILES['uploadedFile']['name']}\" $sep";
    $message .= "$sep";    
    $message .= chunk_split( base64_encode($fileContents), 76, $sep );
    $message .= "$sep";
    //finish the mail
    $message .= "--$b--$sep";

    //send the mail
    $result = @mail($to, $subject,$message, $headers);
    if ($result):
        $GLOBALS['message'] = "Mail was sent.  Try again?";
        $GLOBALS['message'] = "Mail was not sent.  Try debugging!";

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