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Re: Mail (POP3/IMAP) using STARTTLS

From: David
Subject: Re: Mail (POP3/IMAP) using STARTTLS
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 12:11:44 +0200
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Felix Natter <> writes:
>I am using STARTTLS to connect to my institution's smtp-server:
>(setq smtpmail-starttls-credentials
>      '(("" 587 "" "")))
>(setq mail-sources
>      '((imap :server ""
>              :stream ssl
>              :user "fnatte2s"
>              :password "XXX")))
>(but I'd be happy with POP3 as well)

SMTP is for sending mail. IMAP/POP3 is for receiving mail. 

> However, I don't have a certificate, I'd like to authenticate via
> username/password. Unfortunately, smtpmail.el says:
> smtpmail-starttls-credentials is a variable defined in `smtpmail.el'.
> Documentation:
> Specify STARTTLS keys and certificates for servers.
> This is a list of four-element list with `servername' (a string),
> `port' (an integer), `key' (a filename) and `certificate' (a filename).

As the doc string further says:

"If you do not have a certificate/key pair, leave the `key' and
`certificate' fields as `nil'.  A key/certificate pair is only needed if
you want to use X.509 client authenticated connections."

Therefore, you'd use something like this:

(setq smtpmail-starttls-credentials
      '(("" 587 nil nil)))

(setq smtpmail-auth-credentials
      '(("" 587 "login" "password")))


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