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Chapter 2. Making People Your Best Resou... > Managing Your E-mail List Options

Managing Your E-mail List Options

Each e-mail list program has different options, and many of these options may be turned on or off by individual list owners. E-mail list options are invoked by sending commands to the list server. Some of the more common commands that work in both Majordomo or LISTSERV are listed in Table 2-1.

Table 2-1. Common E-mail List Commands
Function Instructions
Help Type Help in the body of the message. The list server sends back a message containing information about the commands you can use with the mailing list.
List Information Type Info [Listname] (where [Listname] is the name of your mailing list) in the body of the message. This list server sends back a message with introductory information about the list, provided by the list owner (such as where to send list commands, the purpose of the list, and other valuable information).
Archives Type Index [Listname] in the body of the message. The list server sends back a list of files associated with the list. These might include archives of the postings to the list, or other files that have been associated with the list. These files might not have descriptive names, so although they can be a rich source of information, they might not be easy to use. You can then use the Get [Listname] [Filename] command to have a copy of that file sent to you through e-mail.
Digest Type Digest [Listname] in the body of the message (addressed to the list server). You receive one e-mail per day with all the list postings, rather than a separate e-mail each time someone posts to the list. (This command is supported by all versions of LISTSERV, but only in later versions of Majordomo, so don’t be surprised if it does not work for a specific list you’re subscribing to.)



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