After fighting for a while to figure out why a phpBB installation (migrated to my new server) wouldn’t send out email notifications, and digging through non-existent logs, I have figured out the problem. When a new registration would come through, or when a user would get a new private message, no email notification would be sent out. In the phpBB error log (in ACP), the only error listed was:
In order to troubleshoot whether it was a phpBB problem or PHP mail() problem, I used this little mailer script:
$to = “email@example.com”;
$subject = “Test”;
$message = “Test of PHP mail function.”;
$from = “firstname.lastname@example.org”;
$headers = “From: $from”;
echo “Mail Sent.”;
Low and behold, that email failed. What was the problem in my case? Well, in my php.ini (for Apache, not CLI), the following was listed for sendmail:
and that is the correct path for my Gentoo server. However, I needed to add the -t option to it:
The -t option “Read[s] message for recipients. To:, Cc:, and Bcc: lines will be scanned for recipient addresses. The Bcc: line will be deleted before transmission.”
After that option was added, I restarted Apache and everything worked nicely.
Hope that helps anyone in the same situation.