Re: [apps-discuss] Mail client configuration via something, maybe WebFinger

Arnt Gulbrandsen <arnt@gulbrandsen.priv.no> Wed, 10 February 2016 18:37 UTC

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Subject: Re: [apps-discuss] Mail client configuration via something, maybe WebFinger
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John Levine writes:
> Gmail does require
> that you create a separate per-app password on their web site for
> every device that logs into gmail, but automating that seems rather
> beyond what we're looking at here.

That's not entirely true. If you don't do that, you're at mercy of per-user 
configuration, but my account worked fine without any changes that I can 
remember.

>> (2) Some ISP's want your email address in all lower case when
>> authenticating, others want it as you entered it.
>
> Really?  Can't ever remember that being a problem.  In any event, you'd
> have exactly the same problem with webfinger and anything else if they
> want to be picky about upper/lower case.

IIRC Thunderbird used to probe about 140 combinations of things 
just-localpart or whole-thing, lower-case vs exact, various default names, 
ports 25 vs 587. All very boring really.

Arnt