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Foundations of Python Network Programming, Third Edition by John Goerzen, Brandon Rhodes

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CHAPTER 14

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POP

POP, the Post Office Protocol, is a simple protocol for downloading e-mail from a server. It is typically used through an e-mail client like Thunderbird or Outlook. You can reread the first few sections of Chapter 13 if you want the big picture of where e-mail clients and protocols like POP fit into the history of Internet e-mail.

If you are tempted to use POP, then you should consider using IMAP instead; Chapter 15 will explain the features that IMAP provides that make it a far more solid foundation for remote e-mail access than the primitive operations supported by POP.

The most common implementation of POP is version 3, commonly ...

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