On Thursday, October 25, 2001, at 05:56 PM, John R Levine wrote:
Now if only the popular (non-open-source) mail clients would let you
specify the outgoing SMTP destination port...
Outlook Express does on the mail setup menu under an Advanced button or
something like that, and I think Outlook does too. Eudora does although
you have to edit the EUDORA.INI setup file yourself. Netscape doesn't,
phoo, although I suppose the sufficiently dedicated could fix that at
Actually, I submitted that to the Mozilla Project a while ago. It got
favourable comments in a couple of the internal newsgroups. It's
sitting in Bugzilla somewhere; I don't know the current status. I do
run developer builds of Mozilla as my web browser, but I switched from
Netscape to Apple Mail for MacOS X (Mail.app) for my mail, and it does
not support alternate SMTP destination ports. I'll send them the
As for Port 587 etc., my assumption that all servers that are expected
to be reached from arbitrary networks would be/should be secured.
While traveling I have had to perform the annoying task of finding out
what (client, hotel, show, etc.) network I was connected to, then ssh to
my server, add that subnet to the permitted file for relaying, and then
send the mail. Not worth the trouble.
Michael C. Berch
com / mcb @