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Re: E-Mail Adresses
>>>>> "Matt" == Matt Pauker <email@example.com> writes:
Matt> At 5:50 PM 1/21/96, David Matovich wrote:
>> would it be possible to 'check-out' a given E-MAIL address to
>> see if it actually exists. Like if passed "firstname.lastname@example.org"
>> it returns 1, but if I passed it "email@example.com" it would
>> return 0.
Matt> You could just finger the user - Connect to port 79 of the
Matt> domain (In this case castle.net), and just send the username
Matt> (david). If you get anything other than:
Matt> finger: <username>: no such user
Matt> Then the email is valid.
You also have to allow for hosts that do not support finger!
Matt> Though I must say this is really overkill. After all,
Matt> someone would be pretty dumb to enter the wrong email during
Matt> creation - They would be able to get their password...
Matt> Matt Pauker
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