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SMTP
Last modified: Friday, July 30, 2004 

(pronounced as separate letters) Short for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, a protocol for sending e-mail messages between servers. Most e-mail systems that send mail over the Internet use SMTP to send messages from one server to another; the messages can then be retrieved with an e-mail client using either POP or IMAP. In addition, SMTP is generally used to send messages from a mail client to a mail server. This is why you need to specify both the POP or IMAP server and the SMTP server when you configure your e-mail application.

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RFC 1123
One of the most important RFCs, covering requirements for Internet client software, including Telnet, FTP, SMTP, and DNS.

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Request for Comments document on Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP).

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Request for Comments document on SMTP service extension for delivery status notifications.

SMTP service extensions RFC
Request for Comments document on SMTP service extensions.

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