Re: pop3 changes Tue, 14 June 1994 07:16 UTC

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Date: Tue, 14 Jun 1994 07:03:20 GMT
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To: Michael D'Errico <>
Subject: Re: pop3 changes
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Verily did Michael D'Errico say on June  5, 1994:

>Yes, maybe only one or two commands would be needed to get the POP server
>to accept mail for the client.  But all you've done is get the mail to
>the POP server.  The POP server would still need to know how to talk SMTP
>to get it to the final destination, or to a smart host which would do the
>delivery.  And if the host was down, the POP server would have to queue
>the message and try again later, so now you need a POP daemon running
>all the time.  Or you could leave this to the SMTP server which already
>does all this.

I see no problem with the pop server runing sendmail, or whatever mail
transfer agent you want to run on the pop server machine, to deliver
the mail, or queue it for delivery.  This way only the POP server
machine has to know how to deliver mail to a smarthost, if it's not
the smarthost.  And, if things change, there is only one place to
change the configuration, not hundreds or thousands.

Brett McCoy, UNIX Systems Administrator
Computing and Network Services
Kansas State University,  Manhattan KS  66506
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