At long last si-list has been automated!!
As users this will effect you in 2 main ways:
1. There should be much less "static" on the list as
a result of misdirected subscribe and unsubscribe
message. (most of these will be filtered out)
2. unsubscribe and subscribe procedures are now automatic
A message sent to the daemon will produce instant results.
Certain features such as displaying the entire membership list with
the 'who' command have been disabled to protect members from unwanted
I have included a much edited version of the help message produced by
the majordomo server. To receive the full version send a message
to email@example.com with the following in the body of
the message: help
The address to send traffic to the list is still the same:
I'm sure some bugs will creep into our transition to an automated system,
but at the moment it looks like it is working well.
This help message is being sent to you from the Majordomo mailing list
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This is version 1.94.3 of Majordomo.
If you're familiar with mail servers, an advanced user's summary of
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in the body of the mail message.
II. SUBSCRIBING TO A LIST
Once you've determined that you wish to subscribe to one or more lists on
this system, you can send commands to Majordomo to have it add you to the
list, so you can begin receiving mailings.
To receive list mail at the address from which you're sending your mail,
simply say "subscribe" followed by the list's name:
If for some reason you wish to have the mailings go to a different address
(a friend's address, a specific other system on which you have an account,
or an address which is more correct than the one that automatically appears
in the "From:" header on the mail you send), you would add that address to
the command. For instance, if you're sending a request from your work
account, but wish to receive "demo-list" mail at your personal account
(for which we will use "firstname.lastname@example.org" as an example), you'd put
subscribe demo-list email@example.com
in the mail message body.
Based on configuration decisions made by the list owners, you may be added
to the mailing list automatically. You may also receive notification
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a bit of extra hassle, but it helps keep you from being swamped in extra
email by someone who forged requests from your address.) You may also
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for approval; some lists have waiting lists, or policies about who may
subscribe. If your request is forwarded for approval, the list owner
should contact you soon after your request.
Upon subscribing, you should receive an introductory message, containing
list policies and features. Save this message for future reference; it
will also contain exact directions for unsubscribing. If you lose the
intro mail and would like another copy of the policies, send this message
(substituting, of course, the real name of your list for "demo-list").
III. UNSUBSCRIBING FROM MAILING LISTS
Your original intro message contains the exact command which should be
used to remove your address from the list. However, in most cases, you
may simply send the command "unsubscribe" followed by the list name:
(This command may fail if your provider has changed the way your
address is shown in your mail.)
To remove an address other than the one from which you're sending
the request, give that address in the command:
unsubscribe demo-list firstname.lastname@example.org
In either of these cases, you can tell Majordomo@silab.eng.sun.com to remove
the address in question from all lists on this server by using "*"
in place of the list name:
unsubscribe * email@example.com
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approval address, which is formed by adding "-approval" to the user-name
portion of the list's address. For instance, to contact the list owner
for email@example.com, you would send mail to
To get another copy of this help message, send mail to
with a line saying
in the message body.
VIII. COMMAND SUMMARY FOR ADVANCED USERS
In the description below items contained in 's are optional. When
providing the item, do not include the 's around it. Items in angle
brackets, such as <address>, are meta-symbols that should be replaced
by appropriate text without the angle brackets.
It understands the following commands:
subscribe <list> [<address>]
Subscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) to the named <list>.
unsubscribe <list> [<address>]
Unsubscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) from the named <list>.
"unsubscribe *" will remove you (or <address>) from all lists. This
_may not_ work if you have subscribed using multiple addresses.
get <list> <filename>
Get a file related to <list>.
Return an index of files you can "get" for <list>.
Find out which lists you (or <address> if specified) are on.
Find out who is on the named <list>.
Retrieve the general introductory information for the named <list>.
Retrieve the introductory message sent to new users. Non-subscribers
may not be able to retrieve this.
Show the lists served by this Majordomo server.
Retrieve this message.
Stop processing commands (useful if your mailer adds a signature).
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each occurs on a separate line.
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