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RE: Can someone test AOL's mx servers for me...

  • From: Karyn Ulriksen
  • Date: Fri Aug 11 07:06:53 2000

 Please. Please. Everyone. Thank you.  But you can all go home now!  I think
I've received about 50 messages now about the RFC compliant '<>' usage and
have got the message.  So now I know ...  it's right up there with not using
CNAMEs for MX records ... they use to work once upon a time in a more
forgiving internet (whenever that was) or at least a less RFC compliant
internet.  But I can take a hint (all 50!).

And I have since figured out what the flippin' other problem with the mail

Thank you all.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Brown
To: Karyn Ulriksen
Sent: 8/11/00 3:47 AM
Subject: Re: Can someone test AOL's mx servers for me...

On Thu, Aug 10, 2000 at 06:04:56PM -0700, Karyn Ulriksen wrote:

> I'm seeing some wierd errors when emailing AOL.  The response for the
> FROM: [email protected]" is a '501 syntax error'.  

Is that exactly what you are typing?  In that case AOL is being
perfectly reasonable - the correct syntax is "FROM:<[email protected]>"
(without quotes) and similarly for RCPT TO.  The <> are mandatory.

Mark Brown  mailto:[email protected]   (Trying to avoid