I'm trying to send mail via the telnet command. I've looked at several tutorials online to use telnet <servername> 25. But I've tried telnet mail.aol.com 25 and it gets stuck on trying <ipAddress>.... Is there something wrong with the syntax of my command?

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    It's quite possible that there is a firewall between you and the host that does not permit you connecting to port 25 from a residential IP. Many ISPs have such restrictions to avoid spam. – Chris Down Feb 28 '14 at 7:34
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it isn't about Unix or Linux, it's about AOL! – slm Feb 28 '14 at 13:22

Your command is right, but the port 25 is filtered on servers of mail.aol.com (there can be some firewall restrictions). Try to connect to some open server.

  • Which server would you suggest? I'm just trying to get the command working at this point. – bakalolo Feb 28 '14 at 8:44
  • @bakalolo - Your question has nothing to do with U&L, about AOL, you'll need to research what server and how to use it somewhere else! – slm Feb 28 '14 at 13:23

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