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Contents of /sendit/sendit_faq.txt

TFmail FAQ

Here are some real life problems with TFmail, with matching solutions.

== Problem: ==
when i use the "{= by_submitter =}" tag, it displays this:
lalal by " (Jay Jibba-Jabba)"
what i'd like to know is if there's a way to reverse those, and have it
display this:
lalal by "Jay Jibba-Jabba ("
a simple reversal... but as i have very little programming experience, i
thought it best to ask rather than to fiddle.  My realname_input is as
realname_input: FirstName + LastName  --> (i have a FirstName feild & a
LastName feild)

==> Solution ==>
instead of arduously modifying the by_submitter function, i used this:

blahblahblah {=param.FirstName =} {=param.LastName =} ({ =}) on {= date =}\

the only drawback is that if the user does not enter an e-mail address, it simply displays
FirstName + lastName () on data... but this is rectifiable by making the e-mail field
"required", or by somehow hiding the () if no value entered (below is an solution that may 
be modified to work to this end, but i tried it straight out and had no luck :*()

== Problem ==
when i had my configuration file outputting info with the default coding (=
name =}: {= value =}) it was fine (it = if a user entered no data in the
field, it wouldnt show it :)
now that i'm using the {= =} value, when a user enters nothing,
it still outputs a the following:
its still outputs:
do you like cats?:        (void space here)
now i know why this occurs, i was just wondering if there was anything i
could encapsulate the "do you like cats?" in so that it to would be hidden
if param.cats was left empty.

==> Solution ==>
i find this BRILLIANT and it needs to be in the next readme file

{= IF param.cats =} 
do you like cats?:       {= param.cats =}
{= END =}

so simple yet so effective!  it even hides table rows!

== Problem ==
when using the date_fmt: option, is there a way to make it so using %I
instead of %H does not show the 0 infront of numbers below 9?

using date_fmt: %A, %B %d, %Y at %I:%M:%S %p
gives this: Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 02:38:50 PM

my question is how do i acheive this:
Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 2:38:50 PM

the difference is from 02:38:50 PM to 2:38:50 PM
simple aesthetics i know, but still usefull :)

==> Solution ==>
i added this line to my own README file for future use. (in the date_fmt section)

%l - hour in 12 hour clock (1 to 12)

make sure to be FRIGHTENINGLY clear that this is a lowercase L,
and not a 1 <-- one.  that messed me up.

== Problem ==
i find that the section on WHERE to place the actual files apart from the .pl
files is unclear.  i spent a week trying to get them in a place that would work,
and then get the path correct in the file... and the path that works
for me isnt even part of the README options.  might wanna look those over

==> Solution ==>
i had to put my config files in my var/www/cgi-bin/tfmail/ directory
and my .pl files in the cgi-bin directory

but my paths in the file is this:
use constant DEBUGGING      => 1;
use constant LIBDIR         => './tfmail/';
use constant MAILPROG       => '/usr/sbin/sendmail -oi -t';
use constant POSTMASTER     => '';
use constant CONFIG_ROOT    => './tfmail/';
use constant MAX_DEPTH      => 0;
use constant CONFIG_EXT     => '.trc';
use constant TEMPLATE_EXT   => '.trt';
use constant ENABLE_UPLOADS => 0;
use constant USE_MIME_LITE  => 1;
use constant LOGFILE_ROOT   => './tfmail/logs/';
use constant LOGFILE_EXT    => '.log';
use constant HTMLFILE_ROOT  => '';
use constant HTMLFILE_EXT   => '.htm';
use constant CHARSET        => 'iso-8859-1';

for some reason this wont work:
use constant LIBDIR         => 'tfmail/';

its odd

== Problem ==
creating a log file is an issue i still have... and still havent been able to do.

do i create a blahbla.log file initially, or does the server create it?
do i need a seperate template file for my log template or should i inline it
if i inline it, what template do i inline it in?

==> Solution ==>

You need to create the log file yourself initially.

You need a template for the log file.   Like any other template, it can be either
a seperate file or inlined into the .trc file.  There is no concept of having one
template inlined into another template.

== Problem ==
there is mention of being able to set up a multi-stage form (i.e on multiple pages
of your site (step one = 1.html, step = 2.html, etc)... but i see no examples of 
how to do it.  I'd love to be able to do that, or even have a popup box appear based
on a menu selection with specific questions to answer, but i dont know how to do the 
tfmail end of it. 

if TFMail can do this, perhaps a detailed explanation of it would help.

==> Solution ==>

Basically, you need a seperate config file for each stage.  All but the config
file for the last stage are configured to send no email.  The output template
for each stage produces the HTML form for the next stage, including hidden form
fields to pass values from previous stages along to the next.

The final stage sends the email.

== Problem ==

oh, and what in the HAY is the file? i havent used it once and dont
know what its for.

==> Solution ==>
---------------- is an admin script.  It allows you to interactively generate
config files and templates on the server, and download log the files.