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    SitePoint Addict manipura's Avatar
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    Checking (if) Valid E-mail

    Hey all...

    Just wondering if anyone has a script that will tell you if an
    E-mail address is an actual account. Instread of waiting for
    a email reply from their server.

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    There's no way to do that reliably (e.g. finger is not always available) as far as I know.

    BTW your avatar really really distracts me from writing this reply
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    Don't think so. As JimQH says, finger is not always available, nor do all mail servers allow you to ask whether a user exists (although some do). Think you're stuck with email if you want it to be reliable.

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    What about gethostbyaddr on the domain or something like that.

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    gethostbyaddr simply returns hostname given an ip address i.e. reverse resolution. Nothing to do with email.
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    PHP manual bot bronze trophy Gaheris's Avatar
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    You can check for an existing mail host, but checking for an email account is normally disabled (SPAM).


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