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[VM] sending email with ssl to Verizon server

From: Richard J . Frongillo
Subject: [VM] sending email with ssl to Verizon server
Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:45:23 -0400


     I am a long time user of Emacs and VM trying to do something
pretty basic.  Verizon is requiring that we move to SSL (actually,
they started the migration long ago, but they seem serious now):

     Incoming mail server (POP3):
     Incoming Server Port Numbers: 995
     Outgoing mail server (SMTP):
     Outgoing Server Port Numbers: 465

     Make sure SSL encryption is enabled for the incoming and outgoing
     mail server.

My environment:

     Windows 7 Home
     GNU Emacs 24.3.1 (i386-mingw-nt6.1.7601) of 2013-03-17 on MARVIN
     VM version is: 8.1.2
     CYGWIN32/NT MYMACHINE 6.1 17.5 i686
     stunnel version 4.56 (from

I have read many, many articles and documents but have not found the
recipe to make this work.  My understanding is that "the easy way" is
to use built in settings within Emacs 24 and VM to make this go, like:

     (setq smtpmail-stream-type 'ssl)
     (setq smtpmail-smtp-server "")
     (setq smtpmail-smtp-service 465)

     (setq vm-spool-files (list 

I could not get this to go.  I would get:

     POP connection not open POP over ssl

and/or a hang on sending.  I then tried to use stunnel but that was
not fruitful.

     Is there a document that gives a step-by-step on how to make this


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