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E-Mail FAQs

How do I clean up my old messages from sciborg?

  1. Go to the Waterloo Nexus Portal at
  2. Log in using the Waterloo Nexus Portal's 'connect via HTTPS' option.
  3. Select the link that says "INBOX".
  4. Click the box marked 'delete' next to all the messages you want to delete.
  5. Click the link labelled 'delete'.


  1. Click on "Start" and select "Run"
  2. Now type "telnet" and select "OK"
  3. Wait until sciborg prompts you for a login then type in your userid only . Please note, do not put in anything after the @ sign (ie. if you have a login helpdesk@science when you log into a Nexus station then you only have to type helpdesk to log into sciborg)
  4. Now type in your Unix/sciborg (Same as your Nexus password.)
  5. When you log into sciborg. You will see sciborg%23, this is the command prompt. Now type pine or elm to get at your mail so you can do the clean up or check mail.
  6. Use the cursor to select the folder index and press Enter.
  7. Once you are in the folder index, you can move the cursor to whatever the message you want to delete and simply press D to take the message out. Please note that the email message won't be deleted right away. However when you log off, pine will ask you whether you want to expunge those message, just simply type Y to take out those messages. Now you have a clean and organized account to receive new mail.

How do I modify my Unix/email (Nexus) password in sciborg?

  1. Please follow the instruction 1-4 from above.
  2. When you are at the command prompt, you can type ranpass to obtain a randomly generated password from Sciborg, or type passwd to change your password. It is recommend to use the password generated earlier by sciborg for security purpose. General format of password desired, must include 1 lowercase letter, 1 uppercase letter and one digit, and must be between 6 - 8 characters.)


  1. Select "Change User's Password" on the left menu bar of this page.

How do I change settings in Eudora so it won't leave mail on the server?

(This is also similar to Outlook Express or any other email clients.)

  1. Launch Eudora from the icon on your desktop. Now go to Tools and select Options.
  2. Select Checking Mail icon (the Incoming Mail icon in newer versions of Eudora) and uncheck the option Leave mail on server if it is checked. Otherwise you are all set.

How do I configure my Outlook Express from home to check mail?

  1. Open up Outlook Express.
  2. Go to Tools -> Accounts
  3. Click Add -> select mail. This will then take you through a wizard which lets you set up the account.

Few things to know: SMTP server, for both incoming and outgoing is, your username is your userid before the "@" symbol, and password is your polaris password.


How do I map my network drive on sciborg?


  1. Left-mouse click on the icon Network Neighbourhood, right-mouse click and then select Map Network Drive...

  2. Now select the drive letter that will not conflict with the ones you have at the moment. In the path field, put in \\sciborg\youruserid and then click OK.

  3. Now input your Unix/email(same as your Nexus) password click OK.

How do I forward all incoming mail to another email account?

  1. Go to the Waterloo Nexus Portal at
  2. Log in using the Waterloo Nexus Portal's 'connect via HTTPS' option.
  3. Find the link at the bottom of the page that says 'Forward and Vacation'.
  4. Select 'Forward to' and enter the email address you want your mail forwarded to in the field.

Or, for those who prefer telnet and Unix (If you don't know what those are, you won't prefer them):

  1. Please follow the instruction 1-4 from above.
  2. At the command prompt, type pico .forward
  3. Type in your email address you want to forward your email to(ie Then hit ctrl-X to exit.
  4. Answer yes to saving the changes, and then press enter for the filename.
  5. Now you should be back at the command prompt. Type Exit to logoff. Now your email is all forwarded.