MailIt! version 1.11
MailIt! is a free module for the Roxen Web Server. It allows easy formatting
and mailing of HTML Form data without the need to program custom CGI
Please remember that this is a work in progress. Your comments and
suggestions are appreciated. You can send your comments to me, the
developer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find this module useful, I'd greatly appreciate a postcard from you
letting me know you're out there. My Address is included in the
Added ability for MailIt! to guess the address of a file owner
when using SMTP and the FROM attribute is not set (this is the
send mail as file owner option, extended to work with SMTP).
Added <mailattach> tag to allow MailIt! to send mail messages
Made a check for functions not present on Roxen NT. This should
(finally) enable compatibility with Roxen NT.
Added support for direct SMTP mailing. This should also enable
compatibility with Roxen NT.
Added RXML related security patch.
This module has been written to create MIME Compliant messages.
Added <mailmessage></mailmessage> container.
Added <mailheader> tag.
Version 0.93 will only work with Roxen 1.2 or higher.
Added 2 options to mfield tag: empty and add. (Thanks to Alan Wood!)
Fixed bug that ignored parsing mfield tags if the data was empty
or didn't exist.
Added support for username changing based upon template uid.
Added debugging code.
Added replyto support.
* Roxen 1.3 or higher or Caudium 1.0 or higher.
* sendmail or compatible mailer (qmail is rumoured to work).
* Download the latest version of MailIt! with Documentation (v1.11) from
Using MailIt! is simple! Just download the archive, then unpack it by using
the following command:
tar -zxvf mailit-1.11.tar.gz
You should get a directory called mailit-1.11. Inside that directory is a
file called mailit.pike. Copy that file to your Caudium/Roxen modules
directory, under server/local/modules. Then you can use the Configuration
Interface to add the MailIt! module.
There are a few options you can change, but in most cases it won't be
nessecary. If your sendmail binary is in a location other than /usr/lib,
you'll need to make the appropriate adjustments.
You may also choose to use Roxen/Caudium's built-in SMTP capability to
directly spool messages to a central mail hub. If you choose to use this
method, you must have a mail host that allows relay. Simply configure
MailIt! to use this mail hub in the Configuration Interface.
Included is support for MailIt! to set the sender of messages based on the
owner of the template file. This is available only if Caudium/Roxen is
running as a sendmail trusted user. Check your sendmail man page for more
You can also turn on debug messages, which can provide helpful information
for me if I'm looking for a bug.
That's all there is to it! You can now start using the features of the
There are 3 components of a working MailIt! application:
* The MailIt! Module (you've already installed it)
* An HTML Form Page
* A MailIt! Template Page
[The HTML Form Page]
You can use any text or HTML editor you'd like to create the form page. This
just contains the fields that you'd like to have mailed when a user presses
the submit button. The key is to set the form action to be the URL of an
HTML page that uses the features of MailIt!. When designing your form,
simply keep in mind the names of the various elements that you add to the
form. You'll need to supply these in the Template page later.
[The MailIt! Template]
The MailIt! Template is simply an HTML file that includes MailIt! tags. The
four tags that are provided by MailIt! are:
The first tag tells MailIt! that you are going to send an email message.
Anything enclosed by these tags will not get returned to the browser.
Everything outside the mailit tags will be returned to the browser as a
response to the form submission.
The second tag tells MailIt! to add a header to the outgoing message.
The mailheader tag takes the following attributes:
subject=value Adds a subject line. Use this by itself.
to=value Adds a To: line in the message header. Also use
this by itself.
from=value Adds a From: line in the message header. Also use
this by itself. This option is a requirement when
using SMTP based mailing.
name=headername Adds a header called headername. Can be used to
create carbon copies and blind carbon copies.
value=headervalue Use with name to specify the header value.
The <mailattach> tag allows you to attach files to an outgoing mail
message. This tag takes the following attributes:
file=path/to/file Attach the named file to the outgoing mail message.
Note that the mailattach tag is a potential security hole, as it allows
any file that is readable by the webserver to be sent as an attachment.
This feature can be disabled in the configuration interface, and should be
as long as the server runs as a user with any priveledge.
The fourth container tag is used to define the message body.
The mailmessage container takes the following argument:
encoding=endodingtype Send the message using MIME encoding. The
following types are supported:
8bit, 7bit, base64, binary, quoted-printable, and
The default encoding is 7bit, if another encoding is not specified.
The fourth tag tells MailIt! to print the value of a form element that you
specify. You can include these tags inside the mailit container to send the
information from the form in the email message.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Use of the mfield tag has security implications and is
deprecated. Please use the formoutput container.
You can put any RXML tags within the body of your message. The formatting
between the mailit tags is preserved when it is sent as a message.
Thanks to Xavier Beaudouin <email@example.com> for adding SMTP
Thanks to Aleph One <firstname.lastname@example.org> for an RXML related security
Thanks to Alan Wood <email@example.com> for is numerous ideas, the
lastest of which appear in this version of the module.
Bill Welliver <firstname.lastname@example.org>