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Re: E-Mail Adresses

>>>>> "Matt" == Matt Pauker <> 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 ""
    >> it returns 1, but if I passed it "" it would
    >> return 0.

    Matt> You could just finger the user - Connect to port 79 of the
    Matt> domain (In this case, 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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