Quickly test various services using telnet

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


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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