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This page documents the AUTORESPONDLOG configuration setting in FormMail.

Type Of Setting

AUTORESPONDLOG is an OPTIONAL setting, which means...

OPTIONAL : you can change this setting if you need to, but the default value is fine for most circumstances.


Sets file name for the log of autoresponding activity.


Set AUTORESPONDLOG to the filename on your server where auto-responding activity is logged.

This file is stored in the $LOGDIR directory and it must be outside your web server directory. If it isn't, then someone may be able to harvest the email addresses from your server!

If you don't want to to keep a log of auto responding activity, make this an empty string:


Auto responding is a potentially dangerous thing to allow from FormMail. That's why FormMail will only do auto responding after image verification.

However, image verification is not perfect. It is possible for a very motivated Spammer to overcome the image verification (e.g. he could pay people to type in the image contents for him).

Therefore, you should keep a log of auto responding activity. This way you can:

  • confirm correct operation
  • detect unusual activity
  • respond to any queries from your hosting company or anyone else accusing you of being a spam gateway

The log file contains:

  • the date/time
  • the IP address from where the user is submitting
  • the email address that the auto response was sent to
  • the subject line that was put in the email.
  • information about the activity (success, failure, etc.)

NOTE: you'll need to create the log file on your server and make it writable by the web server software. For security reasons, FormMail cannot do this for you. In general, the correct permissions for your log file are: rw-rw-rw-

Default Value



$AUTORESPONDLOG = "aresp.log";

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