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Posted 28 Dec 2004
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System.Web.Mail and the pickup directory

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This article describes how to use System.Web.Mail with the SMTP server's pickup directory.


When you send e-mail using System.Web.Mail and the local SMTP server, you can avoid the roundtrip to the network and use the pickup directory.

The Code

You can easily update your existing code. For example take this:

eMail = new MailMessage();
eMail.BodyFormat = MailFormat.Text;
eMail.To = "";
eMail.Body = _Body;
eMail.From = _SendFrom;
SmtpMail.SmtpServer = "localhost";

Just add two lines of code and you are done:

eMail = new MailMessage();
eMail.BodyFormat = MailFormat.Text;
eMail.To = "";
eMail.From = _SendFrom;
eMail.Body = _Body;
SmtpMail.SmtpServer = "localhost";
eMail.Fields[""]  = 1;
  ""] = 


Especially if you want to send loads of e-mails, like in a newsletter application, you should keep this in mind.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Daniel Fisher (lennybacon)
Software Developer
Germany Germany
Beginning of the nineties started to assemble computers and configure networks. Automation lead to batching and scripting. Arrived on the other side of the trench the HTTP protocol is a constant companion. the journey began with JavaScript, then Perl, PHP and ASP with Visual Basic 5 and JScript, ending with Java and C++. End of the nineties starting to focus .NET, streaked Python, and now JavaScript again. He develops, teaches, trains, coaches and speaks. His topics: HTML5 & Web, Data Access & Performance, Scalable & Testable Designs, Distributed Systems & Services, Security & Trust.

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QuestionList of all fields? Pin
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