I'm developing a webshop. When a order has been placed it sends out invoices and notifications to coworkers via email. Developing anything related to the emails has become really annoying, as I have to change a lot of code during development to avoid sending my coworkers random mails.

I'm using PHP's mail function with the sendmail backend. What I would like to do is configure sendmail to send all mails to my own account instead of the actual addressee. That way I wouldn't have to change any code when I move to production where sendmail is configured differently.

In short: Is there a simple way to redirect outgoing emails during development?

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  • Sounds like a sendmail question, which is off-topic for this site. Perhaps unix.stackexchange.com ? – George Cummins Nov 15 '11 at 15:33
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    Probably a sendmail question yeah, though I'm interested how other developers test sending emails. I would install anything that solves this easily too. – Jochen Ritzel Nov 15 '11 at 15:37
  • I define email addresses as a configuration item and maintain different configurations for development and production environments. – George Cummins Nov 15 '11 at 15:39
  • possible duplicate of How to make sendmail to relay local mails? – mailq Nov 15 '11 at 22:13

Proper way: tune your sendmail.

Fun way: all your php script does is sending mail text and headers to bash script or binary set in php.ini sendmail_path. You can put there your own script, which will do with you mail whatever you want.

Or you can put nothing to sendmail_path and set some mail.log. You will see, that scripts use mail properly, but mail won't actualy work.


Append at your sendmail.mc:

R$+ < @ $=w . > $*     username < @ example.com. >

The two sides of the expression are not separated by many spaces but by a TAB

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