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List Owner's Manual


LISTSERV®, version 1.8d

25 November 1998




1Parts of this section were adapted from "Some Lists of Lists", compiled by Marty Hoag and available via ftp://LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU/public/new-list/listsof.lists. Since NEW-LIST is no longer hosted at NDSU we cannot guarantee that this file will continue to be available.

2Older archives for NEW-LIST (January 1989 through June 1998) are available at http://LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU/archives/old-new-list.html but there are no guarantees as to how long the old archives will remain available.

3Note that the "LISTSERV postmaster" is not identical to the regular POSTMASTER address at a host site. The term "LISTSERV postmaster" is a canonical term from early in LISTSERV's history, and refers only to the person who is the actual LISTSERV maintainer at the host site. The term has fallen into disuse and its use is discouraged because of the potential confusion it may cause.

4In reality this only works with version 1.8b or later servers. List owners running lists on pre-1.8b servers can protect themselves from non-subscriber spams by setting the Editor= parameters in an appropriate manner; however, this introduces new problems that may not be acceptable to the list owner, even given the increasing incidence of spamming.

5If 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@ALBANY.EDU as FSV GUIDE.

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).

List Owner's 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: Sample Boilerplate Files
Appendix D: Related Documentation and Support
Appendix E: Acknowledgements