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Re: What commands are there to identify a system's MTA mail transfer age

From: Tim X
Subject: Re: What commands are there to identify a system's MTA mail transfer agent?...
Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2008 10:18:28 +1000
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

Don Saklad <address@hidden> writes:

> Thank you Peter Dyballa !
> How do you locate the documentation about the MTA
> mail transfer agent?... what commands are there
> to locate the documentation or to identify what MTA
> is being used?...

BTW, if it really is the MTA you want to identify, you can often find
out by telneting to the smtp port and issuing a 'HELO'
command. Most/many MTAs will respond with their name and if its on the
local host, you will probably find some initial documentation with man.

If it is the user agent you are interested in, have a look at

,----[ C-h v mail-user-agent RET ]
| mail-user-agent is a variable defined in `simple.el'.
| Its value is sendmail-user-agent
| Documentation:
| *Your preference for a mail composition package.
| Various Emacs Lisp packages (e.g. Reporter) require you to compose an
| outgoing email message.  This variable lets you specify which
| mail-sending package you prefer.
| Valid values include:
|   `sendmail-user-agent' -- use the default Emacs Mail package.
|                            See Info node `(emacs)Sending Mail'.
|   `mh-e-user-agent'     -- use the Emacs interface to the MH mail system.
|                            See Info node `(mh-e)'.
|   `message-user-agent'  -- use the Gnus Message package.
|                            See Info node `(message)'.
|   `gnus-user-agent'     -- like `message-user-agent', but with Gnus
|                            paraphernalia, particularly the Gcc: header for
|                            archiving.
| Additional valid symbols may be available; check with the author of
| your package for details.  The function should return non-nil if it
| succeeds.
| See also `read-mail-command' concerning reading mail.
| You can customize this variable.
| [back]

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