Re: pop3 changes

Steve Dorner <sdorner@qualcomm.com> Sat, 04 June 1994 02:03 UTC

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From: Steve Dorner <sdorner@qualcomm.com>
Subject: Re: pop3 changes

Some servers support "xtnd xmit".  I (somewhat reluctantly) do so in
Eudora, because there are people out there who don't allow small machines
to play SMTP.

However, I'd much rather this remain an extension, not part of the
protocol.  It's an ugly hack.

There needs to be an authenticated way to post mail, but I don't think that
putting it in POP is the right thing.  Digital signatures are the right
thing.

Using SMTP does of course really raise the bar as far as how much work even
a minimal MUA has to do.  Might be nice to have a Simple Posting Protocol
that was in fact simple; but that's a separate issue.

Anyway, much sympathy and commiseration, but I don't think that posting
belongs in POP.

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