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Hosting a mailserver on Qwest

posted Dec 19, 2008, 3:57 PM by Jade Rubick
My ISP (Qwest) recently implemented a brain-dead measure to prevent spam. They require you to check your email before you can send out email.
Of course, this doesn't prevent spam at all -- it only makes it harder if you have a low-volume mail server. Here's what I did to get around this:

$ crontab -e

Add this line:

*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/telnet pop.ptld.qwest.net 110 < /home/mename/bin/script.txt >& /dev/null

Every ten minutes, it connects to port 110, and runs the contents of bin/script.txt

$ cat bin/script.txt
user username@qwest.net
pass mypassword
list
quit
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