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nvrwinternights 09-23-2003 12:43 PM

How HTTP mail works?
I am planning to install IMP. B4 tht i would like to know in depth how the present webmail like HOTMAIL YAHOO works? I mean including protocols, implementations and other pros and cons..

Any material u can point to?


david_ross 09-23-2003 04:27 PM

Welcome to LQ.

Webmail services are just clients like Mozilla/outlook etc. They just speak to SMTP/POP/IMAP services that handle the actual mail transport/retreival/storage.

jdruin 09-23-2003 08:59 PM

Hotmail uses IMAP. Evolution uses SMTP/POP3 typically as does Lookout on typical machines. There is a difference in how the messages are passed, ie the protoco. The differences have to do with the way messages are passed across the network/internet but one thing you can count on is that all IMAP server pass messages the same way, all POP3 server serve messages the same way, etc. The protocols are independent of the application using them.

nvrwinternights 09-24-2003 01:09 AM

thnx all of ya for replying.
I would be happy to get some documents on that..

jdruin 09-24-2003 06:36 PM

IMAP documentation:

POP3 documentation:

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