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<h1> Accessing your SDF Email</h1>
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<p><i>There are several ways to get and send email at SDF, but the
different options depend on your membership(s) here. This guide is
intended to describe the options simply and clearly, by membership
<h2>Membership Levels and Email Access</h2>
<p>Here are the membership levels that matter for email (see <a
href=>SDF join page</a> for more details):</p>
<ul><li>Pre-validated User: This is before you are "validated" by
either sending a nominal amount of money to SDF(enter
<code>validate</code> at shell) or by finding a
MetaARPA member to validate
<li>Validated User/ARPA</li>
<small>*VHOST includes VPM</small>
The differences of the above accounts, besides the cost, is that VPM,
VHOST and MetaARPA are annual memberships, so require continuing support
of SDF, while User and ARPA are lifetime memberships, and only require
payment once.
<h2>Ways to Get and Send Email at SDF</h2> <p>By default your E-mail
Address is your SDF username, which by default works with a couple of
domain names (you can also choose the domain you would like to use
from the list of SDF domain names).</p>
<p>So if your username is "coffee" you can try sending yourself a mail
with your existing E-mail account to:</p>
<p><em></em> or
<em></em>. Then you can try to read it.</p>
<p>Ways to read and send your SDF mail include the following:</p>
<h3>Email Programs from Shell <em>(Memberships: User or ARPA or
<p>You can always access your SDF mail account through any of several
email programs installed on the server. All of these emails access your
"mail spool", where your email is put by the mail server.</p>
<li><em>mutt</em> is available even to <b>Pre-validated Users</b>.
Just type <code>mutt</code> at the command prompt. Here's a <ahref=
<li>Other programs, including <em>pine, alpine, mailx and rmail</em> are
available to any <b>Validated User or ARPA or MetaARPA</b>. <em>Pine and
Alpine</em> are related programs (Pine is older, Alpine is newer) that
are both frequently considered to be the easiest shell email programs to
use, with on-screen help and a menu interface. Enter <code>pine</code>
or <code>alpine</code> respectively to run either of these. You can find
more info on how to use them at <a
<p>(For users at the <b>User</b> level, to learn about your limited
allowed space and the significance of the mail spool, see the <a
href="">difference between using mutt and alpine for Users vs ARPA</a>)
<h3> Webmail <em>(Memberships: Validated User or ARPA or MetaARPA)</em></h3>
There are two webmail interfaces:
<ul><li> The old SquirrelMail, accessible for Validated Users or above,
accessible from the <code>webmail</code> link at the top of the <a
href="/">SDF home page</a></li>
<li> Roundcube, a slicker experience, accessible by MetaARPA users from
the link on the <a href ="">metaaaray home
<h3> Client Email: POP3 and IMAP <em>(Memberships: User or ARPA or VPM
or MetaARPA)</em></h3>
<p>This section and the next include a small
distinction. While <b>User or ARPA can read mail on their own machines
or devices</b>, these memberships <b>don't allow you to send email</b>
from your account <b>through SDF</b>. </p>
<b>You can, however, use your ISP
to send mail from your SDF account</b>. For example, if you are with
Comcast on your computer at home, you can set up POP3 or IMAP in your
favorite mail client as described below to read your SDF mail, and use
your Comcast mail SMTP server (outgoing mail server) to send mail "from"
your SDF account. On your phone, you can do the same, except you would
use Verizon/Sprint/T-mobile's SMTP server (you may have to look up how
if you don't know it) for sending messages "from" your SDF account. If
you want to use SDF's outgoing mail server, you need to either use an
email client from your shell account, or pay annual dues for any of VPM,
VHOST or MetaArray, and follow the direction in the next section. That
said, here's how to set up your favorite mail client to <i>read</i> your
SDF mail:</p>
<h4> Reading Incoming email in your computer or device client if you are User or ARPA or VPM
or MetaARPA</h4>
<p>There are two ways to read your incoming email using a client mail program. You can
choose either, except if you are using virtual mailboxes with a VPM membership, in which case
your only option is POP3:
<ul><li><b>POP3</b> fetches a copy of your mail from the mail spool to your local machine, and
optionally deletes it from the spool. POP3 works with most any email program, and you can keep
the messages on the server to be able to access mail equally from multiple machine/mail
programs. However if you are accessing a POP3 server from multiple machines, having to deal
with synchronizing and multiple copies and deleting mail from the server can be a
<li><b>IMAP</b> accesses mail on the server and lets you organize it into
folders on the server. IMAP keeps your mail centrally located and organized so it is all
equally accessible from multiple mail programs and devices at the same time.</li> </ul>
<h4>Setting up to read mail with POP3</h4>
<p>(from the <a href="">POP3/IMAP email
<p>The mail server to connect to for POP3 is <code></code>
<p>The rest of the POP3 settings should be:
<ul><li>Your security should be set to None</li>
<li> Your Port should be 110</li>
<li> Your user name depends on the account:
<ul><li>for your main User/ARPA/metaARPA account, it should be the same as your login
name, example: <code>user1234</code></li>
<li>If you are accessing mail for a <em>VPM</em> account, your username should be the
full email address with your VPM/VHOST domain name, ex:
<li>your password should be either your account password (for your main User/ARPA/metaARPA
account), or the password you set for the VPM email address using <code>mkvpm</code></li>
<h4>Setting up to read mail with IMAP</h4>
Port 587 SSL Enabled Authentication NTLM Username: YOUR DOMAIN NAME (ex. Click Re-Test and ate Account You will be prompted for
your passwords when you first send/receive email. Click Add (right side)
Description: SDF Server Name: Port: 587 Connection security:
none Authentication Method: NTLM
User Name: YOUR DOMAIN NAME (ex.
You have to refer to the 143 or 993 for the incoming email server and
use the 587 for the outgoing I think? If I am wrong can someone correct
me. No matter what I do I cannot log in it says password failure.
connectivity security: STARTTLS
Authentication method: Normal Password
<p>The rest of the IMAP settings should be: <ul><li>Your security should
be set to None</li> <li> Your Port should be 110</li> <li> Your user
name depends on the account:
<ul><li>for your main User/ARPA/metaARPA account, it
should be
the same as your login
<h4> Sending Mail from your client if you are User or ARPA</h4>
<h3> Sending Mail from your client through SDF<em>(Memberships:
VPM/VHOST or MetaARPA)</em></h3>
<h3> Advanced Mail Topics</h3>
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