Re: PING - email possibilities?

From: George Greer (
Date: 08/19/01

On Sun, 19 Aug 2001, Shane Lee wrote:

>Here's my plan: When a person finishes an email in Mercury, I
>want to cehck to see if the address in the To: field will
>accept the email. Otherwise, you end up with a dead-letter,
>and if this happens too often, a perturbed sysadmin.
>Right now, the dead-letter is shunted to the inbox of the MUD
>account, and I certainly don't want to open a security hole
>by having Mercury check the inbox.
>If there's another, easier method, or anything at all that would
>work, I would be happy to hear about it.

You can try SMTP's "VRFY" or "EXPN" commands but don't expect every system
to have them enabled.  Some consider them a spammer's tool if

George Greer

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