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Site Manager's Operations Manual


LISTSERV®, version 1.8d

1 March 1999

Initial Release


1When using IIS version 4.0, you will likely get an Error(5) from 'wa' when trying to do things like search, post to the list, or anything else that requires 'wa' to pipe a command to LISTSERV. We believe this to be due to a bug in IIS 4.0 (the problem does not appear in IIS 3.0 or earlier), specifically in the code that enables automatic password synchronization for the anonymous user stage. The only fix our support group are aware of is to open the Internet Service Manager, find the "wa.exe" executable in the tree, and then do the following:
  1. Open the property sheet for "wa.exe" by double-clicking it
  2. Click on the "File Security" tab
  3. Under "Anonymous Access and Authentication Control", click on the "Edit..." button, which pulls up a dialog box entitled "Authentication Methods"
  4. Click the "Edit..." button next to "Account used for Anonymous Access:" which brings up a dialog entitled "Anonymous User Account"
  5. UNCHECK the box for "Enable Automatic Password Synchronization"
  6. Click "OK"
At this point 'wa' should resume working again. You might need to type the password for the IUSR_xxxx account but our experience was that you needed only to uncheck the box and click "OK".

2There is an alternate method of doing this kind of merge which requires access to the machine LISTSERV is running on. You can simply use the 'listview' program to output the list files in text format, and redirect them into editable files (with 'listview -a listname > listname.txt', for instance). Then you can use a text editor to combine the two lists and either mail the resulting merged list to LISTSERV or store the merged file as listname.list and restart LISTSERV to reformat the file (as explained above in 7.1). However, note carefully that the latter method (save and restart LISTSERV) is not recommended, nor is it the supported method for storing lists, as it bypasses a number of checks LISTSERV does when you use PUT.

3If you are interested in the mechanics of starting a VM-type filelist, the best reference is "Setting Up the LISTSERV File Server--A Beginner's Guide" by Ben Chi (bec@albany.edu). This publication is available from LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NET as FSV GUIDE, or at ftp://ftp.lsoft.com/documents/fsv.guide .

4Under unix, all files accessed by LISTSERV must be named in lower case (i.e., 'ls' must show site.catalog, not SITE.CATALOG or Site.Catalog). Internally LISTSERV does not care about case since it translates everything to lower case for the purpose of accessing the unix file system, and you may use upper or mixed case within the catalog file itself.

5If your old archives are from Majordomo or ListProc you might want to look at an unsupported Perl script found at ftp://ftp.lsoft.com/CONTRIB/notebook-conv.pl which converts sendmail-style notebooks to LISTSERV format. This is really ListProc-specific but it would probably work with Majordomo archives. In any case this user-contributed script is not supported in any way by L-Soft, so please direct any questions about it to its authors.

6If your local machine is running MS-DOS and/or Windows 3.x, obviously this will not work--you will have to conform to the 8.3 naming convention. Probably the best thing to do in this case is simply name the file listname.mai, then rename it when you upload it to a mainframe or network workstation account (or use the web administration interface described in chapter 11, instead).

7Thanks to Marty Hoag of NEW-LIST.

8WWW_ARCHIVE MAILTPL is searched only for web-related template forms and is bypassed for mail template forms. For instance WWW_ARCHIVE MAILTPL will not be searched for ADD1 but will be searched for WWW_INDEX.

9The digests conform to RFC1153 with an acceptable deviation from the recommended subject line (verified with the RFC author).

Site Manager's Operations Manual for LISTSERV®
Appendix A: System Reference Library for LISTSERV® Version 1.8d
Appendix B: List Keyword Reference for LISTSERV® Version 1.8d
Appendix C: Site Configuration Keyword Reference
Appendix D: Sample Boilerplate Files
Appendix E: Related Documentation and Support
Appendix F: Acknowledgements