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Delete and Retrieve Email Without an Email Client By Jenn

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* to retrieve email using someone else's computer
* to delete an email with a large attachment without downloading it

If you are using Windows, you can either use telnet (Start > run > telnet) or HyperTerminal (Start > Programs > Accessories > Communications > Hyperterminal).

Set whichever one you prefer to connect to your mail server using port 110.

Once Connected:

The commands:

LIST : returns a LIST of messages
RETR #: RETRieves the whole text of the requested message
DELE #: DELEtes the corresponding message
NOOP : Keeps the connection alive between commands, to prevent the connection from timing out. (NO OPeration)
RSET : ReSET clears all the deleted flags set by DELE
QUIT : Ends the session and saves the changes you've made.
**Changes will not be saved if you do not use the quit command.**

Replace # with the number of the message.


Welcome to Microsoft Telnet Client 
Escape Character is 'CTRL+]'
Microsoft Telnet> open 110 

Connecting To +OK (sccrpxc03) Maillennium POP3/PROXY server #28 user [my username] +OK pass [my password] +OK ready list +OK 1 messages (823) 1 823 . retr 1 +OK Received: from ([]) by (rwcrmxc14) with ESMTP id <20031204083545r1400fdvqje>; Thu, 4 Dec 2003 08:35:45 +0000 X-Originating-IP: [] Received: from ([My host name][[My IP]) by (rwcrmhc13) with SMTP id <2003120408354401500bn26le> (Authid: [My username]); Thu, 4 Dec 2003 08:35:44 +0000 Message-ID: <> Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 02:35:36 -0600 From: jenn <[My email address]> X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.73 [en] (Windows NT 5.0; U) X-Accept-Language: en MIME-Version: 1.0 To: [My email address] Subject: For Example... Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Heh. . dele 1 +OK list +OK 0 messages (0) . quit +OK Connection to host lost. Press any key to continue...

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