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Old 07-26-2011, 02:58 PM   #1
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POP3 email problems using Linpus to Tiscali

Tiscali had a problem Sunday night(24/25th) reported by a number of people. Passwords rejected, etc. My Windows Vista machine and Aspire One Linpus were both affected. Come Monday morning and the Vista machine now works but Linpus still doesn't. I haven't changed anything on either machine. Tiscali are (of course) not much help. I have now deleted and recreated the accounts with all the same data and ports, etc just in case(!) No change. An ideas on what to try next?
Old 07-27-2011, 02:57 AM   #2
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telnet access

I have used 'telnet' to access the port, then 'user' to start logging on. Entering the password using the format 'pass password' gets an error invalid user or password. Have I got the format of 'pass' correct ? (It's been a long time since I got down to this level, which isn't very deep I know!).

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Old 07-27-2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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The syntax for a POP3 conversation (assuming no SSL) is as follows:
# telnet 110
Trying ##.###.##.##...
Connected to (##.###.##.##).
Escape character is '^]'.
+OK Vendor POP3 interface ready on:
user username
+OK username gets mail here
pass password
+OK User Signed on: username intray has 7 messages

You should use your real userid and passwd instead of "username" and "password" of course.
Other handy commands:
+OK Listing
1 19968
2 1254400
3 19968
4 19968
5 53760
6 70656
7 1024
retr 3
+OK POP3 Server connection terminated
Connection closed by foreign host.
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:09 PM   #4
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Many thanks Irtward. That all makes sense. I'll get back to Tiscali as I get telnet errors on both Vista and Linpus machine although Vista Mail does (now) work.


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