Note: Special parameters used by only one or two keywords are defined along with the keyword and do not appear in this listing.


Describes an Internet address, such as JACK@XYZ.COM.


Controls which category of users has access to the information or service to which this parameter applies.  access-level can be one of:


Everybody has access to the information.


Only the postmaster (i.e. LISTSERV operations staff) has access to the information.


with Ai being one of:


Only users subscribed to the list have access to the information.


Only the subscribers of the named list have access to the information.


Only the list owner can access the information.


Only the owner of the named list can access the information.


Only people in the service area of the list can see the information.


Only subscribers of the named list's service area can see the information.


Indicates the destination of a piece of mail, message or reply, as follows:


The reply message is sent to the list


The reply message is sent to the sender of the original piece of mail


The reply message is sent both to the list and to the original sender


No reply message is sent at all


The reply message is sent to the specified network address if enclosed in double-quotes


Is a time interval that indicates how frequently an operation is to be renewed. Note that depending on the operation being performed, some of the options may not be available.  For example, "Notebook= Yes,A,Daily" is not available.  Choose from one of the following:






} Self-explanatory.






The operation is to be done only a single time.


Is the node-id or network address of a peer list. If the name of the peer list is the same as the name of the local list (which will usually be the case), only the node name needs be given. If the list names are different, the full list network address must be given, for example "REXX-L@UIUCVMD".


Is a means whereby a node or list of nodes can be identified.  An area can be one of the following:

- The name of a network, for example EARN, BITNET

- The name of a country, for example Germany, Canada

- 'Local', in which case it is equated to the value of the "Local=" keyword (q.q.v.).

- A node name, for example SEARN

- A simple wildcard nodename pattern such as FR*, *11, *ESA*, D*ESA*, etc.


Is a means whereby 'list monitors' can be identified (the term 'list monitor' refers to a human person who monitors the activity of a list). A 'mon-address' can be:

- A single network address, for example INFO@TCSVM

- 'Postmaster', which indicates the "main" postmaster

- 'Postmasters', which indicates ALL the postmasters, main and alternate

- 'Owner', which indicates the "main" list owner (the first to be listed in the "Owner=" keyword)

- 'Owners', which indicates ALL list owners

Some keywords can take more than one parameter.  Where multiple parameters are accepted, they will be separated by a logical OR sign (|). Unless specified otherwise, commas have "higher priority" than OR signs, that is to say, "Public|Private, Open|Closed"  means "(Public|Private), (Open|Closed)",  not "Public|(Private,Open)|Closed".

Optional parameters are indicated by enclosure in square brackets ([ ]); for instance, in the case of

Send= Editor[,Hold][,Confirm[,Non-Member | All]][,Semi-Moderated][,NoMIME]

the only required parameter is the first one ("Editor"), and each of the following five parameters is optional. In this case, note carefully the nested brackets signifying that one parameter ("Non-Member | All") is available only if another parameter ("Confirm") is also specified in the keyword setting. Further, because the logical OR symbol is used, the two options "Non-Member" and "All" are mutually exclusive, thus only one of them may be specified.

Do not type the square brackets when using the optional parameters!  Where the use of square brackets and logical OR signs together could be confusing, we have shown each of the alternate configurations on separate lines.