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Re: Opportunistic STARTTLS in smtpmail.el

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Opportunistic STARTTLS in smtpmail.el
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 16:13:33 -0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> But perhaps that can be an smtpmail.el configuration thing.  But I'd
>> hoped to avoid that, but perhaps that isn't in the cards.  SMTP is kinda
>> special amongst all the protocols, since all the other ones are pretty
>> much guaranteed to need credentials, while SMTP rarely uses it.
> Where have you been whilst spam has been conquering the world? ;)
> I have access to 3 separate SMTP servers, all of which require
> authentication, and it has been normal in every company I've worked in
> for the last half decade at least.

It's still very common for SMTP servers to use the IP address instead of
authentication credentials, and having to enter a password each time in
order for smtpmail to discover that no authentication was needed is
*really* annoying.


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