Email Piping Problems


Well-Known Member
Oct 4, 2006
Hello all!

I'm trying to pipe email to a PHP script (I've read the thread at the following link

In the beginning, I wasn't even getting an error message. NOTHING happened. I tried commenting out the function (and the call to it) and ran it at the command line. I got an error message that the command "myscript.php" could not be found. So I entered "/usr/local/bin/php myscript.php" (I had cd'd to the file's location) and got NO error message. STILL no email message. So I go back to CPanel and enter the full path to PHP after the pipe and the script name (with the full path). I eventually DO get a return email message telling me that the recipient could not be verified (this is WITH the function and the call to it uncommented).

PHP's mail function DOES work for me--my contact page uses it and I just recieved a msg via that page today.

Permissions for the file are set at 777 currently.

Server info (copy/pasted from cpanel):
Operating system Linux
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Kernel version 2.4.21-47.0.1.ELsmp
Machine Type i686
Apache version 1.3.37 (Unix)
PHP version 5.1.6
cPanel Build 10.9.0-CURRENT 56
Theme cPanel X v2.6.0
cPanel Pro 1.0 (RC36)
    #!/usr/local/bin -q
    $msg = "You Said:  \r\n";
    function mailRead($iKlimit = ""){
        // Purpose:
        //   Reads piped mail from STDIN
        // Arguements:
        //   $iKlimit (integer, ptional): specifies after how many kilobytes reading of mail should stop
        //   Defaults to 1024k if no value is specified
        //     A value of -1 will cause reading to continue until the entire message has been read
        // Return value:
        //   A string containing the entire email, headers, body and all.

        // Variable perparation
            // Set default limit of 1024k if no limit has been specified
            if ($iKlimit == "") {
                $iKlimit = 1024;

            // Error strings
            $sErrorSTDINFail = "Error - failed to read mail from STDIN!";

        // Attempt to connect to STDIN
        $fp = fopen("php://stdin", "r");

        // Failed to connect to STDIN? (shouldn't really happen)
        if (!$fp) {
            echo $sErrorSTDINFail;

        // Create empty string for storing message
        $sEmail = "";

        // Read message up until limit (if any)
        if ($iKlimit == -1) {
            while (!feof($fp)) {
                $sEmail .= fread($fp, 1024);
        } else {
            while (!feof($fp) && $i_limit < $iKlimit) {
                $sEmail .= fread($fp, 1024);

        // Close connection to STDIN

        // Return message
        return $sEmail;
    $msg2 = mailRead();

    $headers = "From:  Pipe Test<[email protected]>\r\n";
    mail("[email protected]", "PHP Pipe Test", $msg, $headers);


Well-Known Member
Oct 4, 2006
Never Mind

Never mind. I don't know what change worked, but it's working now.

Thanks anyway.