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I have set up pop3 on my solaris 2.5 machine running Netra.  I can telnet in to the POP3 port of the machine.  Everything seems to be alright, but I cant get any pop client like Eudora to fetch the mail (it says that it cannot or something like that).  But it can send and receive mail from the Unix prompt.
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by:jamie040297
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I don't know the operating system specific bits (hence the comment, not an answer) but have you included pop in the inetd.conf file in /etc?
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Try this:

      telnet your_machine.com 110
      user your_pop_id
      pass your_pop_password
      quit

There will either be an error message during this whole process
or not. Make sure to write down the EXACT error message & post the answer here.

Have fun,

      MikeE
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by:biju041297
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Jamie,

Yes, I have edited the inetd.conf file.  I can only telnet into the POP3 port from the same machine, and not from elsewhere.

Mikee,

There were no errors in the entire process.  Thanx :)
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I bet I know what the answer is....

Its a NETRA right?

If you can not telnet in from other machines its probably the TCP-wrapper security protection.

TCP-wrappers are used to protect inetd-launched processes such
as popd.

Netras are configured with this stuff. Look into ACCESS restrictions or something like that. You should be able to allow
other systems access to your pop-server. You should be able to get to the configuration through one of the netra menus.

Take it easy,

      MikeE
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It's also possible that you were set up with /bin/noshell - if
you were, for some IDIOT reason Netras are set up by default not
to allow POP connections to accounts with /bin/noshell.

I also agree that it could be the machine's TCP wrapper found in the Netra configuration interface.

Get the sysadmin to edit /etc/shells if you have no UNIX shell and if you do, ask them to check the TCP wrapper.  

Lastly, the Sun pop3 daemon is known to leave behind lock files - once it makes a lock file it stays forever!  So if an account with your name existed previously with a different UserID number the system won't create a lock file and therefore won't let you get any POP3 mail.

Hope this works for you.
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