In the Host prompt, enter "
In the Port prompt, enter "
If your telnet client doesn't allow you to enter a port, get yourself a better telnet client. If your telnet client won't recognise pop3 as a valid option, enter "
telnet email.argonet.co.uk pop3". If that does not work, you either don't have Acorn telnet, or your !Internet software is incorrectly installed.
telnet <parameters...>", without the need for a path.
After connection, you will be informed of a successful connection by the sequence
+OK". The mail server says this for just about everything good. Bad stuff
is prefixed "
You will see the real server name - in this case golden.argonet.co.uk, but then again most of the Argo aliases point to this box anyway! Following you will see a protocol identification which in this case is POP3 (software version 3.3), then some other ignorable rubbish.
That's it. The pop3 server is known for being extraordinarily unhelpful (not to mention slightly broken (see below)).
To log in, type:
(assuming your user ID is aa00)
and when that replies +OK, enter your password in the form:
This picture should make it clearer:
When you have successfully logged in, the server will reply "
+OK Mailbox open, #
To summarise the login:
Assuming... You are user zz99 and your password is qwertyui.
After connection to the server:
|The server will say||
|You then type||
|The server will reply||
|The server will then say||
|(where '#' is a number, and "<return>" is a keypress - don't type it!)|
If you get the response
-ERR Bad login, you will need to start from the beginning,
entering your username and then your password. Your username consists of two characters and two
digits. If you know it in the form argaa00, then remove the 'arg' part. Check that you
enter your password carefully.
Above all else, do not ever write a macro to enter this information.
Assuming you get this far, you can now communicate with the server using several commands:
||This will return a listing, containing the message number and the size of the message (in bytes). This list is ended by a full stop on a line on its own. For an example, refer to the image below this table.|
||This returns the number of messages, followed by the total size of them (in bytes).|
||This will spool the message to you;
This is only really useful if you have spool-to-disc enabled in your telnet client, otherwise you'll be left looking at a few lines of the end of the message, followed by the signature.
The message is terminated by a full stop on a line on its own. This character is not part of the message.
||This will delete the numbered message.
Use with care - this is irreversible
||This will end the session and close your mailbox, with the message
|Commands to 'return the top # lines' and 'return only the headers' appear to be broken in Argo's mailserver. Trying to get only the top 10 lines results in the entire message being returned. Ho hum.|