ZF-2043: Unappealing From header

Issue Type: Improvement Created: 2007-10-04T13:10:53.000+0000 Last Updated: 2012-03-26T08:48:31.000+0000 Status: Resolved Fix version(s): - 1.7.0 (17/Nov/08)

Reporter: TechWeb SHQ (techwebshq) Assignee: Satoru Yoshida (satoruyoshida) Tags: - Zend_Mail

Related issues: - ZF-3912



When a letter is sent and the message does not provide a name for the sender then the From-header is set with empty brackets.

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Results as From : ""

One would expect the from-header not to include empty brackets "".

The setFrom function of the Zend_Mail class should be changed as follows

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* Sets From-header and sender of the message
* @param  string    $email
* @param  string    $name     optional
* @return Zend_Mail Provides fluent interface
* @throws Zend_Mail_Exception if called subsequent times
public function setFrom($email, $name = '')
        if ($this->_from === null) {
            $email = strtr($email,"\r\n\t",'???');
            $this->_from = $email;

            if ($name != '') {
                $name = '"' . $this->_encodeHeader($name) . '" ';

            $this->_storeHeader('From', $name .' <'.$email.'>', true);
        } else {
            throw new Zend_Mail_Exception('From Header set twice');
        return $this;


Posted by Thomas Weidner (thomas) on 2007-10-15T14:04:49.000+0000

Assigned to Nico

Posted by old of Satoru Yoshida ( on 2008-11-07T08:22:05.000+0000

Solved in SVN r12370

Posted by Thomas Gelf (tgelf) on 2008-11-07T08:46:20.000+0000

As the second parameter is optional I suggest setting $name = null and verifying whether $name === null to be conform with "PHP Coding Standard (draft) -> Optional Parameters".

One more thing: if name is given you're currently adding two spaces between name and email address. A possible variant, IMO also easier to read could be:

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public function setFrom($email, $name = null)
    if ($this->_from === null) {
        $email = strtr($email,"\r\n\t",'???');
        $this->_from = $email;

        if (null === $name) {
            $from = sprintf('"%s" ', $this->_encodeHeader($name));
        } else {
            $from = '';
        $from .= sprintf('<%s>', (string) $email);
        $this->_storeHeader('From', $from, true);
    } else {

Cheers, Thomas

Sorry for nitpicking, could not resist ;-)

Posted by old of Satoru Yoshida ( on 2008-11-07T10:51:30.000+0000

Hello, Thomas. You are welcome.;-) Thank You for Your advice.

I refixed as following.

  1. If $name is not used or the $name is same as $email, header is "From: $email".

  2. If $name is used and the $name is encoded, header is "From: $name <$email>".

  3. If $name is used and the $name is not encoded and not contains comma, header is "From: $name <$email>".

  4. If $name is used and the $name is not encoded and contains comma, header is "From: "$name" <$email>".

Best Regards, Satoru Yoshida

Posted by Thomas Gelf (tgelf) on 2008-11-07T12:51:13.000+0000

Great. One last note: Wouln't 1) better be From: <$email> ?

Regards, Thomas Gelf

Posted by Thomas Gelf (tgelf) on 2008-11-07T15:16:15.000+0000

Sorry, my fault. "From: user@domain.tld" is correct.

Posted by old of Satoru Yoshida ( on 2008-11-07T17:44:35.000+0000

Hi, Thomas.

Thank You for checking my comment.

Yes, both "From: user@domain.tld" and "From: user@domain.tld" are correct.

I selected "From: user@domain.tld" on implementation. :-)

Posted by Wil Sinclair (wil) on 2008-11-13T14:10:14.000+0000

Changing issues in preparation for the 1.7.0 release.

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