Delete and Retrieve Email Without an Email Client By Jenn
* 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 mail.comcast.net 110
Connecting To mail.comcast.net... +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 rwcrmhc13.comcast.net ([188.8.131.52]) by rwcrmxc14.comcast.net (rwcrmxc14) with ESMTP id <20031204083545r1400fdvqje>; Thu, 4 Dec 2003 08:35:45 +0000 X-Originating-IP: [184.108.40.206] Received: from hotmail.com ([My host name][[My IP]) by comcast.net (rwcrmhc13) with SMTP id <2003120408354401500bn26le> (Authid: [My username]); Thu, 4 Dec 2003 08:35:44 +0000 Message-ID: <3FCEF1D8.4CCAB8D8@hotmail.com> 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...
Comcast's POP3 Server