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Manually connecting POP server via telnet command

How do I manually telnet to my POP (Post Office Protocol) server to check if my mail server is accepting connections?


This method of manually connecting to the mail server is sometimes necessary in order to help better troubleshoot Messaging/Mail issues. By directly telneting to the POP server, you can determine if the problem is within the client software or the server. Following is a list of commands to be executed from the UNIX command line or DOS shell using the telnet utility:

Telnetting to port 110 (the POP port). telnet machine 110 POP commands: USER uid Log in as "uid" PASS password Substitue "password" for your actual password STAT List number of messages, total mailbox size LIST List messages and sizes RETR n Show message n DELE n Mark message n for deletion RSET Undo any changes QUIT Logout (expunges messages if no RSET) TOP msg n Show first n lines of message number msg

More commands (and the entire spec) are available at http://www.imc.org/rfc1939

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