Email via telnet

Kludged together a quickstart guide to email through telnet from this story on

(From comments by xQx, carm$y$)

telnet [your mail server] [port – usually 110 for POP3]
USER [username]
PASS [password]

Once you’re in:

STAT gives you number of messages and total size
LIST gives you a list of your messages
RETR [message number] to read a message
HEAD [message number] [bytes] (I couldn’t get this to work on BT’s mailserver but I assume it gives you the first part of a message)
DELE [message number] deletes the message permanently

And when you’re done:


You can also send email via telnet

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