[techtalk] POP mail
lf25+ at andrew.cmu.edu
Thu Dec 16 03:34:54 EST 1999
Excerpts from linuxchix: 15-Dec-99 RE: [techtalk] POP mail by Di
Gregory at sleepy.giant.
> It's my PERSONAL email that I am concerned about with the POP. My
> regular email address is currently a Unix shell account. They do have
> POP3 setup but AFAIK not SMTP. If they do have it, I can't use it
> because I don't dial into them since it would be long distance anyways.
> So no matter what I do, I will not be in their domain.
If you don't use smtp, you can't send mail. You cannot send mail with
pop. smtp is the almost  only way to send mail. You will either
have to set up your own smtp server, or use someone else's. I assume
you do not want to set up an smtp server. Therefore, you will need to
find an smtp server that will allow you to use it. I wrote how to do
this in an earlier message, but I'll repeat it.
First, find out what your hostname is. I assume you know how to do
that. From your hostname, find your domain by taking the last two parts.
For example, my hostname is annex-5.ece.cmu.edu, so my domain is cmu.edu.
Next, find an smtp server for your domain. Use dig or host, and specify
a record type or query type of 'mx'. For example:
dig cmu.edu mx
host -t mx cmu.edu
If these commands are different on your computer, read the manpages. I
assume you know how to do that.
These commands will give you smtp servers. For example:
dreadnought:~> host -t mx cmu.edu
cmu.edu MX 5 CMU1.ACS.cmu.edu
cmu.edu MX 5 CMU2.CS.cmu.edu
means I can use either cmu1.acs.cmu.edu or cmu2.cs.cmu.edu.
If you cannot figure this out, I'll even do this for you. Just give me
the/a hostname of the machine you want to send from.
 I'm sure there's still some uucp or bbs mail systems out there..
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