Kicking mail with the Finger command

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Question

Some ISP’s require that you finger an account on their server in order to kick waiting mail for you out of their server. The following is a quick guide to how this may be established.

Answer

Go to the Dialup section of GMS Mail and on the "Dialup" tab select "Enable dialup connection" and click on the "Update" button. Now select the schedule tab by clicking on it then click on the "New Schedule" button. Complete the options as instructed below

Schedule Name
Enter a name for this schedule

Connect using
If you are using dial up networking to connect to your ISP select your RAS phone book entry from the drop down list, otherwise select "Do not dialup"

Retry Using
Normally the same as "Connect using" but may be set to a backup connection.

Connect On
Select the checkbox for each of the days of the week that you would like this schedule to run on. You can always change this later.

Starting
Using the 24h clock enter the time of day that you would like your schedule to start running on. The time should be entered in hh:mm:ss format so to start at 0800 hours enter 08:00:00

Finishing
Using the 24h clock enter the time of day that you would like your schedule to stop running on. The time should be entered in hh:mm:ss format so to finish at 1700 hours enter 17:00:00

Every
Enter the interval in minutes that should elapse between dialup attempts.

Collect Mail Using
Select "Run Executable" from the drop down menu

Once you have completed all of the above information click on the "Update" button to move on to the next stage.

Now enter the command for the finger command exactly as it is provided to you by your ISP, i.e.

    finger account@ispdomain.dom
    

Click on the "Finish" button and your schedule is now set up for use.

To test that the schedule you have just set up is working properly, first make sure that there is some mail waiting at your ISP for you, then from the Dialup > Schedule tab click on the small G button to the right of the schedule name. GMS Mail will connect to the Internet and send the command you have requested, any waiting mail at your ISP should now be delivered to you via SMTP.

* If the finger program is not on your path you may have to include a full path to the program, e.g.

    c:winntsystem32finger.exe account@ispdomain.dom
    

Keywords:SMTP, Finger, Mail, Kick

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