FW: Majordomo results (ideas on how to clean up rp-ml)

From: Donovan Weber (dweber@forecast-3d.com)
Date: Thu Jan 31 2002 - 23:27:23 EET

i just subscribed to this list and recieved this message from the

hope it helps,

Donovan Weber
"hot fresh prototypes baked daily"

-----Original Message-----
From: Majordomo@autox.team.net [mailto:Majordomo@autox.team.net]
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 1:22 PM
To: dweber@forecast-3d.com
Subject: Majordomo results: subscribe oletrucks


>>>> subscribe oletrucks dweber@forecast-3d.com Your request to Majordomo@autox.team.net:

subscribe oletrucks dweber@forecast-3d.com

has been forwarded to the owner of the "oletrucks" list for approval. This could be for any of several reasons:

You might have asked to subscribe to a "closed" list, where all new additions must be approved by the list owner.

You might have asked to subscribe or unsubscribe an address other than the one that appears in the headers of your mail message.

When the list owner approves your request, you will be notified.

If you have any questions about the policy of the list owner, please contact "oletrucks-approval@autox.team.net".


Majordomo@autox.team.net >>>> >>>> [demime 0.97c removed an attachment of type image/gif which had a name of forecast logo.gif] **** Command '[demime' not recognized. **** Help for Majordomo@autox.team.net:

This help message is being sent to you from the Majordomo mailing list management system at Majordomo@autox.team.net.

This is version 1.94.5 of Majordomo.

If you're familiar with mail servers, an advanced user's summary of Majordomo's commands appears at the end of this message. If you are not familiar with email lists and automated subscription programs, hopefully you can find the information you need here in this message.

The majority of requests to majordomo are to either subscribe to a list, or to unsubscribe from a list. It isn't really that difficult.

Examples of commands that Work:

subscribe healeys subscribe spitfires-digest my_other_email_address unsubscribe spitfires my_other_email_address subscribe datsun-roadsters subscribe judson unsubscribe british-cars subscribe mgs-digest subscribe land-speed

unsubscribe autox subscribe ax-digest

Stuff that oesn't work:

sending mail to someplace other than majordomo@autox.team.net

sending mail in HTML format - set your mailer to use plain text

subscribe <healeys> subscribe datsun-raodsters [clueless@diploma.mill.edu] subscribe judson@autox.team.net >subscribe mtm [Be careful if you just hit reply] unsubscribe british-cars@autox.team.net subscribe mgs John Smith subscribe mgs digest unsubscribe mailto:airhead@cereal.box.isp subscribe land speed list I'd like to change from the digest to the other list blah blah blah My email address changed, blah blah blah unsubscribe autox-request Please subscribe me to listname I would like to join team.net

Majordomo is an automated system which allows users to subscribe and unsubscribe to mailing lists, and to retrieve files from list archives.

You can interact with the Majordomo software by sending it commands in the body of mail messages addressed to "Majordomo@autox.team.net". Majordomo does not process commands in the subject line.

Web based interfaces to the various Autox.Team.Net lists can be found at

http://www.team.net/cgi-bin/majorcool http://www.team.net/mailman/listinfo

You may put multiple Majordomo commands in the same mail message. Put each command on a line by itself.

If you use a "signature block" at the end of your mail, Majordomo may mistakenly believe each line of your message is a command; you will then receive spurious error messages. To keep this from happening, either put a line starting with a hyphen ("-") before your signature, or put a line with just the word


on it in the same place. This will stop the Majordomo software from processing your signature as bad commands.

Here are some of the things you can do using Majordomo:


To get a list of publicly-available mailing lists on this system, put the following line in the body of your mail message to Majordomo@autox.team.net:


Each line will contain the name of a mailing list and a brief description of the list.

To get more information about a particular list, use the "info" command, supplying the name of the list. For example, if the name of the list about which you wish information is "demo-list", you would put the line

info demo-list

in the body of the mail message.


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:

subscribe demo-list

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 "jqpublic@my-isp.com" as an example), you'd put the line

subscribe demo-list jqpublic@my-isp.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 that an authorization key is required for subscription. Another message will be sent to the address to be subscribed (which may or may not be the same as yours) containing the key, and directing the user to send a command found in that message back to Majordomo@autox.team.net. (This can be 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 get a message that your subscription is being forwarded to the list owner 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 to Majordomo@autox.team.net:

intro demo-list

(substituting, of course, the real name of your list for "demo-list").


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:

unsubscribe demo-list

(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 jqpublic@my-isp.com

In either of these cases, you can tell Majordomo@autox.team.net to remove the address in question from all lists on this server by using "*" in place of the list name:

unsubscribe * unsubscribe * jqpublic@my-isp.com


To find the lists to which your address is subscribed, send this command in the body of a mail message to Majordomo@autox.team.net:


You can look for other addresses, or parts of an address, by specifying the text for which Majordomo should search. For instance, to find which users at my-isp.com are subscribed to which lists, you might send the command

which my-isp.com

Note that many list owners completely or fully disable the "which" command, considering it a privacy violation.


To get a list of the addresses on a particular list, you may use the "who" command, followed by the name of the list:

who demo-list

Note that many list owners allow only a list's subscribers to use the "who" command, or disable it completely, believing it to be a privacy violation.


Many list owners keep archives of files associated with a list. These may include: - back issues of the list - help files, user profiles, and other documents associated with the list - daily, monthly, or yearly archives for the list

To find out if a list has any files associated with it, use the "index" command:

index demo-list

If you see files in which you're interested, you may retrieve them by using the "get" command and specifying the list name and archive filename. For instance, to retrieve the files called "profile.form" (presumably a form to fill out with your profile) and "demo-list.9611" (presumably the messages posted to the list in November 1996), you would put the lines

get demo-list profile.form get demo-list demo-list.9611

in your mail to Majordomo@autox.team.net.


To contact a human site manager, send mail to mjb@autox.team.net. To contact the owner of a specific list, send mail to that list's 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 demo-list@autox.team.net, you would send mail to demo-list-approval@autox.team.net.

To get another copy of this help message, send mail to Majordomo@autox.team.net with a line saying


in the message body.


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>.

index <list> Return an index of files you can "get" for <list>.

which [<address>] Find out which lists you (or <address> if specified) are on.

who <list> Find out who is on the named <list>.

info <list> Retrieve the general introductory information for the named <list>.

intro <list> Retrieve the introductory message sent to new users. Non-subscribers may not be able to retrieve this.

lists Show the lists served by this Majordomo server.

help Retrieve this message.

end Stop processing commands (useful if your mailer adds a signature).

Commands should be sent in the body of an email message to "Majordomo@autox.team.net". Multiple commands can be processed provided each occurs on a separate line.

Commands in the "Subject:" line are NOT processed.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact "mjb@autox.team.net".

For more information about the rp-ml, see http://rapid.lpt.fi/rp-ml/

For more information about the rp-ml, see http://rapid.lpt.fi/rp-ml/

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