I'm trying to set up a local mail server so I can test my scripts using PHP's mail function. I'm using Thunderbird and XAMPP's Mercury software to set this up (I don't have Microsoft Outlook) and am having some difficulty finding a good tutorial online to get this to work. (there are several available but some do not work and some are specifically for Outlook.)

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4486155/how-do-i-enable-xampp-to-locally-use-the-phps-mail-function-so-i-can-test-my-m

here's a question I posted on Stack Overflow detailing what I have already tried. And I have used the search option on this forum as well but have had no luck.

I'm trying to set this up as it will save me a lot of time by not requiring me to manually upload my files to my server every time i make a minor change to the script while testing out my code.

-thanks