3. ADD command with really long address fails
When I send an ADD command with a really long address, LISTSERV treats the command as two separate lines and it fails. How do I fix this?
This happens because your command has wrapped to a second line. LISTSERV treats each separate physical line of the message as a separate command line. For instance if you send
QUIET ADD MYLIST email@example.com His Name
your mail client or mail server will probably wrap that line, and LISTSERV will probably respond
> QUIET ADD MYLIST firstname.lastname@example.org
someone.with.a.real.long.userid.that.wraps@HISHOST.COM is not yet in the
signup file. Please specify the full name of that person, as in "ADD MYLIST
JOE@XYZ.EDU Joe H. Smith".
> His Name
Unknown command - "HIS". Try HELP.
In order to send commands that span multiple lines, you have to use special formatting called a "continuation card".
Continuation cards can be used to split any long command into two or more 80-character cards. In that case you must insert a "//<space>" string before the first line of the command text and a space followed by a comma at the end of all but the last line of the command text so that LISTSERV considers the multiple lines to be a control card followed by continuation cards, and performs the required concatenation. For instance,
// QUIET ADD MYLIST email@example.com ,
is read by LISTSERV as one single line and the command will succeed. Note that the spaces are mandatory after the "//" and before the comma; if they are omitted the command will still fail.