Monthly archives: November, 2008

What happens when you ask Gmail’s SMTP server for help?

Transcript of a session with Gmail’s SMTP server. Items in italics are my entries. bowser:~> telnet gsmtp183.google.com 25 Trying 64.233.183.27… Connected to gsmtp183.google.com. Escape character is ‘^]’. 220 mx.google.com ESMTP h6si2778348nfh.21 HELO localhost 250 mx.google.com at your service HELP 214 2.0.0 http://www.google.com/search?btnI&q=RFC+2821 h6si2778348nfh.21 QUIT 221 2.0.0 closing connection h6si2778348nfh.21 Connection closed by foreign host. Traditionally, …

User-based Website Directories with Nginx

Many webservers allow users on the machine to create personal websites, usually with urls starting with /~username, where the web files are contained in a directory like /home/username/public_html/. With Apache and Lighttpd, this is done with the module mod_userdir, but there does not appear to be an equivalent for Nginx. I developed a method for …