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Re: mail confusion

On Fri, 21 Jan 2000, paul wrote:

paul.w >And telnet to port 25:
paul.w >
paul.w >"FUDO2:/home/guest# telnet localhost 25
paul.w >Trying
paul.w >Connected to dial.pipex.com.
paul.w >Escape character is '^]'.
paul.w >mail... Recipient names must be specified
paul.w >^]
paul.w >telnet> q
paul.w >Connection closed. "
paul.w >

if your are telnetting to a *sendmail* SMTP server you will see something
similar to:

Connected to mail.firetrail.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 bebo.firetrail.com ESMTP Sendmail 8.9.3 ready at Fri, 21 Jan 2000
13:24:42 -0800
221 bebo.firetrail.com closing connection

(i typed the quit to logout)

i dont know what MTA you may be using..i only have experience in sendmail.

i cant imagine any SMTP servers out there that don't show some kind of
welcome message.

You can test your SMTP server by sending a mail using telnet.  see this
page for step-by-step instructions:


send a mail to yourself then check to see if it arrived ok.


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