How to mail with telnet?

Posted on 2000-03-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
I am trying to send a friend a email through telnet.  For some reason i get all the way to the end and it says "send data with <crlf>.<crlf> what does that mean?  How do i send it?  Here are the steps i am taking.  Can someone tell me if i am doing something wrong.
telnet mail 25
mail from:
rcpt to:
<write message>
Nothing happens...but the server says ok all the way up to sending it.  I dont know what crlf.crlf means.  Hope this is the right group to ask this question.  Its kind of off the wall..
Question by:patrickhinckle
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ID: 2647238
Don't put "" around the .
means press the Enter key, them press the . key, then press the Enter key.
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ID: 2650832
Firewalls can identify manual Telnet sessions and filter them out. Ours can identify your IP address and alert me and I might retaliate with a trojan so if you are using it for diagnostics then include your contact details in the HELO argument or phone me first.

You got most of the way, as you have recieved "send data with <crlf>.<crlf>" so I'll continue, the double <cr>'s and the . are intentional but don't use <cr> where I've used my real return key when typing this.

SUBJECT: whatever
test mail
more lines

then it responds with OK or not.
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ID: 2650845
the double dot is wrong I did not type it, it is this GUI. It is just one dot on its own.

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Accepted Solution

danasp earned 50 total points
ID: 2663899
ozo is right.
After finished writing everything in the DATA field press the ENTER-KEY.
Type one dot and press the ENTER-KEY.
It should look like

messages <ENTER>
.. <ENTER>

Then you should get Messages accepted.

Good Luck!

Expert Comment

ID: 2663923
Just one dot!!
The web automatically added another dot.

Author Comment

ID: 2664821
Thanks for the help!  One last question.  I thought i already accepted a answer on this.  How can i be sure that the person is getting the points?  How can i tell a question has been answered?  
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ID: 2665092
The answer is awarded to danasp although think ozo provided first answer.

I'll post the double dot problem with this GUI to E-E

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ID: 2665203
Testing a dot...




Three dots.

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