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From: Wietse Venema (wietseporcupine.org)
Date: Fri Apr 20 2001 - 10:04:18 CDT
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> --- Wietse Venema <wietseporcupine.org> escribi?:
> > You cannot expect every MTA implementor to work around non-standard
> > behavior in your mail client, just because something happens to
> > work with Sendmail.
> you are right, will try to fix my soft.
> then please, let me ask this semi-offtopic question:
> is there any way I can fetch the full username from a SMTP (or IMAP)
> server if I have the login name, password & domain name ?
Hmm. In the old days there was a finger protocol, but people tend
to turn it off for privacy reasons. Other than that, there is NIS
that's even worse.
> I've tryed with VRFY, it seems to work in sendmail, but not in postfix,
> anyway I understand (maybe wrong) that this is a feature that can be
> turned off in the smtp server.
The problem with VRFY is that only the number (250, 252, etc.) in
the reply is standardized, but the text that follows is not
standardized at all. It is not required to come from /etc/passwd.
I'm afraid there is no standard service for (username->fullname)
lookup that you could use.
I believe that it is better to have the user configure their MUA
with the correct userdomain email address; note that the email
address is not necessarily related to the login name at all, for
example, I could be sending mail as wietse.venemaporcupine.org.
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