Sun Java System Messaging Server 6 2005Q4 MTA Developer's Reference


The message header contains RFC 2822 style header lines. The program enqueuing the message has nearly complete control over the contents of the header and can specify as many or as few header lines as it sees fit, with a few exceptions. A header must have at a minimum three lines: From:, Date:, and at least one recipient header line, such as To:, Cc:, or Bcc:.

As the message is enqueued, the SDK will do its best to supply any mandatory header lines that are missing as well as take some measures to ensure that the contents of the header lines conform to any relevant standards. If the From: header line is omitted by the program using the SDK, the SDK code will construct a default header line from the envelope From: address. This may not always be appropriate; for instance, when mail is addressed to a mailing list that specifies an Errors-to: address, then the Errors-to: address should be used as the envelope From: address. In this case, it is not appropriate to derive the header From: line from the envelope From: address. If the Date: header line is omitted, the SDK code will supply it, as well as a Date-warning: header line. Finally, if no recipient header lines are present, then the SDK code will generate them using the envelope recipient addresses.

Any addresses appearing in the message header should conform to RFC 2822.

The header is written line-by-line using the routines mtaEnqueueWrite() and mtaEnqueueWriteLine().