Fixing PHP mail() on Ubuntu
I’m still settling into the new Rackspace Cloud Server, and I just solved a problem I was trying to fix for the last two days. And all I had to do was change three characters in an
On my server I’m running Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid LTS. I had everything working – MySQL, PHP, Apache… The only thing that wasn’t working properly was
sendmail. It would send, but after it hung for a minute and 25 seconds (I timed it). This was bad – to comment in WordPress, the person would have to wait for a minute-and-a-half after they click “submit” before it would finally go.
It took me two solid days of searching through forum threads and blog posts before I finally found the answer. I probably lost a bit of hair as well.
In the end, the fix was as simple as removing the
-i at the end of the
sendmail_path variable in my
How To Do That
First, find your PHP.ini file’s location. For me it’s under
/etc/php5/apache2/php.ini. You can find this by using the
nano, but you could use VIM or another editor of your choosing. I simply opened my
PHP.ini file, and found the
sendmail_path line (which, for me, is on line 1047). Just search for a line that starts with
Then, change the line so it says:
sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail -t.