Commit 3b41b693 authored by Simon Josefsson's avatar Simon Josefsson
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(Sending via SMTP): Explain MTA/MUA, text from Alex Schroeder <alex@emacswiki.org>.

parent ac1888f5
2003-02-22 Simon Josefsson <jas@extundo.com>
* sending.texi (Mail Methods): Add node about SMTP.
(Sending via SMTP): Explain MTA/MUA, text from Alex Schroeder
<alex@emacswiki.org>.
2003-02-17 Jan Dj,Ad(Brv <jan.h.d@swipnet.se>
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@section Sending via SMTP
@cindex SMTP
Emacs includes a package for sending your mail to a SMTP server and
On the Internet, mail is sent from host to host using the simple
mail transfer protocol (SMTP). When you read and write mail you are
using a mail program that does not use SMTP -- it just reads mails
from files. This is called a mail user agent (MUA). The mail
transfer agent (MTA) is the program that accepts mails via SMTP and
stores them in files. You also need a mail transfer agent when you
send mails. Your mail program has to send its mail to a MTA that can
pass it on using SMTP.
Emacs includes a package for sending your mail to a SMTP server and
have it take care of delivering it to the final destination, rather
than letting the MTA on your local system take care of it. This can
be useful if you don't have a MTA set up on your host, or if your
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