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This is how to check mail on a pop3 server using telnet. All commands are in bold.


root@Linux:/> telnet pop3.somedomain.com 110

Trying A.B.C.D...
Connected to pop3.somedomain.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
+OK (rwcrpxc13) POP3 server
user username
+OK
pass password
+OK Maildrop ready
list
+OK scan listing follows
1 1489
2 7652
.
retr 1
+OK 1489 octets
Return-path: <me@here.net>
Received: from blah (blah.somedomain.net [a.b.c.d])
 by blah2.somedomain.net
 (iPlanet Messaging Server 5.2 HotFix 1.16 (built May 14 2003))
 with ESMTP id <0HHF00C6KK6NXJ@blah2.somedomain.net> for
 me@here.net; Wed, 02 Jul 2003 23:54:23 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 23:52:59 -0400
From: Me <me@here.net>

Subject: test
To: you@there.net
Reply-to: me@here.net
Message-id: <200307022352.59679.me@here.net>
Organization: Pantz.org
MIME-version: 1.0
Content-type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit
Content-disposition: inline
User-Agent: KMail/1.5.1
Original-recipient: rfc822;me@here.net

test
.
dele 1
+OK message deleted
list
+OK scan listing follows
2 7652
.
quit
+OK
Connection closed by foreign host.

root@Linux:/>