L-Soft international, Inc.
List Owner's Manual
LISTSERV®, version 1.8d
5 May 2000
Subscribers to LISTSERV mailing lists will find answers to many of their
questions in the General User's Guide to LISTSERV. This manual supersedes
the old "NSC93" document originally written for LISTSERV 1.8a.
LISTSERV list owners will be interested in both the List Owner's Quick Start
Manual and the List Owner's Manual for LISTSERV. (The Quick
Start manual is currently being rewritten.)
New for LISTSERV 1.8d is the Developer's Guide for LISTSERV, which
includes (in addition to some material formerly part of the Site Manager's
Operations Manual) information on using the new LISTSERV API.
All of L-Soft's manuals and other documentation for LISTSERV are available in
ascii-text format via LISTSERV and in popular word-processing formats via
ftp.lsoft.com. They are
also available on the World Wide Web at the following URL:
L-Soft invites comment on its manuals. Please feel free to send your comments
via e-mail to MANUALS@LSOFT.COM, and mention which manual you are commenting on.
(However, please do not send support questions to this address. See chapter 19
of this manual for appropriate support addresses.)
"Hot fix" revisions to this and other L-Soft manuals are posted as they are made
to the master document, on the announcement-only mailing list:
An official LISTSERV Support FAQ is updated regularly and can be viewed at
This FAQ is aimed primarily at site maintainers.
LISTSERV began as a non-commercial product, with fairly-complete but terse
documentation. Over time, list owners and LISTSERV maintainers found that it was
necessary to amplify some of the documentation, and wrote their own manuals.
Some of these manuals, while they may be dated, are still of value and are still
D.3.1. Documentation of new database functions
This document is in fact not dated at all; it is practically brand new. Norm
Aleks has put together documentation of the new database functions
(SEARCH and GETPOST) available beginning
with version 1.8c. You can get a copy by sending the command
to LISTSERV@LIBRARY.UMMED.EDU .
D.3.2. LISTSERV List Owner Information Area on LISTSERV.BUFFALO.EDU
This site replaces the old LSVOWNER package mentioned in earlier versions of
this manual. Here are the files currently (18 September 1998) available:
How to Maintain your Class E-mail Distribution List
Guide from Julia Cohan, School of Management
LISTSERV "Ins & Outs"
Guide from Hugh Jarvis, Faculty of Social Sciences
LISTSERV list header keywords information
LISTSERV list management commands
Explanation of LISTSERV List Columns 81-92
List Owner USENET News Gateway Information
List Owner New List Announcement
List Owner Welcome to the List Message
List Owner General Information
List Owner How To Maintain A List Header
WWW Gateway to LISTSERV(tm) Lists
These files are found at the URL
(Please note that any links found there to list management or list creation are
for local use only and remote users should avoid trying to use them :)
D.3.3. LISTSERV TIPS
LISTSERV TIPS is a document with the formal title "List Management Tips for
LISTSERV Postmasters and List Owners". It was compiled in 1991 by Lisa Covi.
LISTSERV TIPS can be retrieved from the LISTSERV hosts at SEARN and UBVM (among
others) with the usual GET command.
The basic document has never been updated and is very BITNET-oriented, but is
still quite useful as a basic information source on running a list. To view
LISTSERV TIPS on the World Wide Web, see Holly Stowe’s LISTSERV FAQ at
You can also go directly to LISTSERV TIPS at
Please note that LISTSERV TIPS is not an official L-Soft publication and is
therefore not maintained by L-Soft.
D.3.4. FSV GUIDE
FSV GUIDE (formal title: "Setting Up the LISTSERV File Server -- A Beginner's
Guide") is really aimed at LISTSERV maintainers, but it is a handy guide for
list owners who have filelists on VM systems as well. Ben Chi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
is the author of this fine document about the "traditional" VM LISTSERV file
server system. You can get a copy from LISTSERV@ALBANY.EDU.
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List Owner's Manual for LISTSERV®
Appendix A: System Reference Library for LISTSERV®
Appendix B: List Keyword Reference for LISTSERV®
Appendix C: Sample Boilerplate Files
Appendix E: Acknowledgements