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Below code works however it seems it will upload and save the attachment to
server, how can send attachment without save the file into my server?
and how to limit the file size to 3mb?

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  1. $email = $_POST['email']; 
  2. $from = $_POST['from']; 
  3. $subject = $_POST['subject']; 
  4. $message = $_POST['message']; 
  6. // Obtain file upload vars 
  7. $fileatt = $_FILES['fileatt']['tmp_name']; 
  8. $fileatt_type = $_FILES['fileatt']['type']; 
  9. $fileatt_name = $_FILES['fileatt']['name']; 
  11. $headers = "From: $from"; 
  13. if (file($fileatt)) { 
  14. // Read the file to be attached ('rb' = read binary) 
  15. $file = fopen($fileatt,'rb'); 
  16. $data = fread($file,filesize($fileatt)); 
  17. fclose($file); 
  19. // Generate a boundary string 
  20. $semi_rand = md5(time()); 
  21. $mime_boundary = "==Multipart_Boundary_x{$semi_rand}x"; 
  23. // Add the headers for a file attachment 
  24. $headers .= "\nMIME-Version: 1.0\n" . 
  25. "Content-Type: multipart/mixed;\n" . 
  26. " boundary=\"{$mime_boundary}\""; 
  28. // Add a multipart boundary above the plain message 
  29. $message = "This is a multi-part message in MIME format.\n\n" . 
  30. "--{$mime_boundary}\n" . 
  31. "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=\"iso-8859-1\"\n" . 
  32. "Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit\n\n" . 
  33. $message . "\n\n"; 
  35. // Base64 encode the file data 
  36. $data = chunk_split(base64_encode($data)); 
  38. // Add file attachment to the message 
  39. $message .= "--{$mime_boundary}\n" . 
  40. "Content-Type: {$fileatt_type};\n" . 
  41. " name=\"{$fileatt_name}\"\n" . 
  42. //"Content-Disposition: attachment;\n" . 
  43. //" filename=\"{$fileatt_name}\"\n" . 
  44. "Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64\n\n" . 
  45. $data . "\n\n" . 
  46. "--{$mime_boundary}--\n"; 
  48. mail ("$email", "$subject", "$message", "$headers"); 
  49. echo("A confirmation email has been sent to: $email");  
Feb 8 '10 #1
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I see nothing in that code that would permanently save the file on the server. It will be uploaded temporarily to your server, at the location $_FILES['fileatt']['tmp_name'] specifies, and once the script is done executing, it will be disregarded.

and how to limit the file size to 3mb?
You check the size of the temporary file and exit if it is larger than your ceiling.

You don't have to quote variables if you are using them by themselves. It's pointless.
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  1. // This:
  2. mail ("$email", "$subject", "$message", "$headers")
  3. // Should be:
  4. mail ($email, $subject, $message, $headers)
Feb 8 '10 #2

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