Electronic Mail

Several programs are available that let you exchange electronic mail with other users on Utstat, or elsewhere in the world, as long as you know their e-mail addresses. This page contains information on

  • E-Mail addresses
  • Forwarding your mail
  • IMAP POP3 and SMTP configurations
  • The mutt and elm mail programs
  • The pine mail program
  • The web mail interface
  • Thunderbird Setup

You can also read mail using netscape.
NOTE: E-mail has been moved from the old utstat computer to fisher. Thus, all e-mail should now be read on fisher.

E-Mail addresses

To send someone e-mail, you need to know their address. For another user on utstat, this can be just their login name. For a user on another computer, you need to follow their login name by “@” and a specification of where they are.

For other people at U of T, you may be able to specify where they are with a single word, such as “cs” for people in the Dept. of Computer Science. To specify people elsewhere in the world, however, you will need to give a full address. For example, the address


might refer to Mary Jones at the math department of the University of Hoboken. However, her login name might instead be mjones, or mary, or various other things.
The finger command may be useful in figuring out people’s e-mail addresses. For example,

finger mary@math.hoboken.edu

might tell you the e-mail addresses of various people called “Mary” at math.hoboken.edu. Then again, it might not. Not all places support the command, and you may also need to be more specific about which computer is to respond. You can find out login names of people on utstat with a command such as “finger mary”.
The full address for a user on utstat is


Several other forms work as well, in which the location is instead stat.utoronto.ca, utstat.toronto.edu, or stat.toronto.edu. The stat addresses are not working at this time. I will try to get them working again soon.

Forwarding your mail

If you use utstat only occasionally, you may prefer that all mail sent to your utstat account be forwarded automatically to an email address that you have somewhere else.
To set this up, create a file called “.forward” in your home directory, which consists of nothing but the address to which you want your mail forwarded. Remove this file to stop your mail from being forwarded.


IMAP  POP3 and SMTP setup

You can use email programs such as Thunderbird, Outlook, Apple mail or your cell phone to read your email. The most popular protocol to use is IMAP. It will keep the email on the server and you can configure multiple computers the same way to manage your email. POP3 or POP normally downloads your email to the computer using it. You can leave a copy on the server but this is messy when accessing from multiple systems. The webmail program on Utstat uses IMAP.

IMAP also keeps your email folders except Inbox in a directory call imapmail in your home directory on Utstat. If you are upgrading from the old Imap server move your old Imap email files into the new imapmail folder.

IMAP – Imap settings are

Server=utstat.toronto.edu  Port=993  Security= SSL/TLS  User=Utstat login Password=Utstat password

POP3 – Pop3 settings are

Server=utstat.toronto.edu Port=995  Security= SSL/TLS  User=Utstat login Password=Utstat password

SMTP – The University SMTP can be used I will setup a Utstat version soon.

UTORsmtp Settings are

Server=smtp.utoronto.ca Port=587 Security= SSL/TLS  User=Utorid Password=Utorid password


The mutt and elm mail programs

Elm, and it’s newer version, mutt, are a fairly easy-to-use mail programs, which you may be able to figure out without reading much documentation. You can get to the on-line help within elm or mutt by typing “?”.

To read your mail, you just type elm or mutt. You should then see a list of message titles (if you have any mail). Typing a space will show you the current message. Typing a number followed by return will switch to another message. You can quit with “q”. There are many other commands, of course, such as “r” for replying to a message.

To send mail, type elm or mutt followed by one or more e-mail addresses of the people the mail will be sent to. For example, the command

elm fred maryj@math.hoboken.edu jones@cs

will send your message to user fred on utstat, to user maryj at someplace like the math department of the University of Hoboken, and to user jones at the CS department at U of T.
You will then be asked for the subject of message, and for any additional people who should receive copies (these can both be blank, if you wish). Elm will then start an text editor for you to use in composing your message. See setting Unix options in your .profile file for instructions on how to change what editor is used (through the EDITOR variable). By default, elm uses the vi editor. After you have created your message, exit the editor, and finish sending the mail by typing “s” (or abandon it by typing “f”).

Here is the detailed Elm documentation:

  • Users Guide
  • Reference Guide
  • Alias System Guide
  • Filter System Guide
  • Forms Mode Guide

The newer mutt program is better than elm at handling “attachments”. There is a mutt web site with up-to-date information.

Pine mail program

You can also read and send mail using pine. For documentation, start up pine and type “?”.

There is a Pine web site with up-to-date information.

Web Mail Interface

Another option is to read and send e-mail over the world wide web. To do so, use the “Web Mail” link towards the bottom of the left sidebar on the main department web page, or go straight to:

https://utstat.toronto.edu/webmail/src/login.php . After entering your utstat login name and password, you will be able to read your utstat e-mail and also send e-mail to others, all using just your web browser.


Thunderbird Setup

Thunderbird is a email client that can be used to read your Utstat  or Utormail  etc.

It is a free download and there are versions for Windows Mac and Linux.It can be downloaded from http://www.mozilla.com/ .

Informations Commons web site has the instrucions for setting up your Utormail account. http://help.ic.utoronto.ca/index.html. To setup your Utstat account it is very similar.

I recommend you use IMAP it will leave your mail on the server not your workstation.

Utstat Account info.

Server Name: fisher.utstat.toronto.edu Port 995 for POP or 993 for IMAP.

User Name: Your utstat login name.

Security Settings: SSL

I recommend you use UTORsmtp  SMTP server for sending your Utstat mail.

SMTP – The University SMTP can be used I will setup a Utstat version soon.

UTORsmtp Settings are

Server=smtp.utoronto.ca Port=587 Security= SSL/TLS  User=Utorid Password=Utorid password

If you need more info Please contact me.

Dermot Whelan




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