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Help with PHPMailer and creating libraries in general


Using codeigniter 2.1.2

I am developing a site where I email a few forms with codeingiter email library.

Everything worked find until today when one of the emails gives me an error.

I didn't change anything in the way I am sending the emails, but this one just fails.

So, I did some research and found the PHPMailer plugin.

Trying to work with this plugin gives me errors as well.

So I have a few questions.

I have downloaded the PHPMailer package.

I put everything in: libraries/phpmailer/

I change the file name: class.phpmailer.php to phpmailer.php

In this file I added these lines:
<?php if ( ! defined('BASEPATH')) exit('No direct script access allowed');
$CI =& get_instance();
$CI->load->config('phpmailer', TRUE);

First general question here:
I use ion_auth in my site, when I look at their library file I don't see they use: $CI =& get_instance() they just use the normal $this, so why is it working for them and not for me?

Then I created a file in: config/development/phpmailer.php: (My ENVIRONEMENT is set to development)

$config['SMTPAuth'] = true;                  // enable SMTP authentication
$config['SMTPSecure'] = "ssl";                 // sets the prefix to the servier
$config['Host'] = "smtp.gmail.com";      // sets GMAIL as the SMTP server
$config['Port'] = 465;                    // set the SMTP port for the GMAIL server
$config['Username'] = "[email protected]";     // GMAIL username
$config['Password'] = "mypassword";            // GMAIL password

Second general question:
Reading the codeigniter user guide on create libraries:
Quote:You can also pass parameters stored in a config file. Simply create a config file named identically to the class file name and store it in your application/config/ folder

Did that, so why do I still need to load the config file?

I have created a helper file: helpers/send_email_helper.php

function sendEmail($fromEmail, $fromName, $replyTo, $replyToName, $emailTo, $emailToName, $subject, $body, $bodyData)
  $CI =& get_instance();
  $mail = new PHPMailer();
  $body = $this->load->view($body, $bodyData, TRUE);//file_get_contents($body);
  $body = eregi_replace("[\]",'',$body);
  $mail->SMTPDebug  = 1;          
  $mail->SetFrom($fromEmail, $formName);
  $mail->AddReplyTo($replyTo, $replyToName);
  $mail->Subject = $subject;
  $mail->AltBody = "To view the message, please use an HTML compatible email viewer!";

  $address = $emailToName . ' ' . $emailTo;
  $mail->AddAddress($emailTo, $emailToName);

  return $mail->Send();

In my conroller I code:
$subject = 'Your free business listing with Phonebook';
$body = 'phonebook/emails/submit';
$bodyData = $this->data['ad'];
$emailFrom = $this->config->item('listingemail', 'email');
$emailTo = $this->data['ad']->email;
$emailToName = $this->data['ad']->firstname . ' ' . $this->data['ad']->surname;

$emailSent = sendEmail($emailFrom, 'Phonebook', $emailFrom, 'Phonebook', $emailTo, $emailToName, $subject, $body, $bodyData);

Submitting the form I get this error:
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_VARIABLE in C:\sites\thinklocal\application\libraries\phpmailer\phpmailer.php on line 225

Line 225 in phpmailer.php is:
public $Host = $CI->config->item('Host');

Why do I get this error?

Can someone please help?

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