Quickly test various services using telnet

19 June, 2014 (18:27) | Advanced Topics | By: sblogadmin

If you are attempting to diagnose mail on your server or VPS, you can quickly test POP3 without setting up an account in a mail program using telnet :


telnet server-name.com 110

USER email_address@domain.com

PASS unencrypted-password here

LIST

where email_address@domain.com is the pop3 login your are testing. Usually this is the same as the email address.

 

List should return the messages number or a single period if no messages are available

Note that in this test the password is unencrypted. You should set a temporary test password during the test.

 

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