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AFRIK-IT  May 1996

AFRIK-IT May 1996

Subject:

List Server commands

From:

Patrick O'Beirne <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

Date:

Mon, 6 May 1996 15:02:20 +0100

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There have been some requests recently about resigning from Afrik-IT. Here
is a copy of the message all should have received on signing up.
 
 
>Please  save this  message  for future  reference, especially  if  you are  not
>familiar with LISTSERV. This might look like  a waste of disk space now, but in
>6 months you will be glad you  saved this information when you realize that you
>cannot  remember what  are the  lists you  are subscribed  to, or  what is  the
>command to  leave the list to  avoid filling up  your mailbox while you  are on
>vacations.  In fact,  you  should create  a new  mail  folder for  subscription
>confirmation messages  like this one, and  for the "welcome messages"  from the
>list owners that  you are will occasionally receive after  subscribing to a new
>list.
>
>To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list, just send
>mail to  [log in to unmask] This  is called "sending  mail to  the list",
>because you send mail to a single address and LISTSERV makes copies for all the
>people  who have  subscribed.  This address  ([log in to unmask]) is  also
>called the  "list address".  You must  never try  to send  any command  to that
>address, as it would be distributed to  all the people who have subscribed. All
>commands must  be sent to  the "LISTSERV address",  [log in to unmask] (or
>[log in to unmask]).  It is  very important  to understand  the difference
>between the two, but fortunately it is not complicated. The LISTSERV address is
>like a  FAX number, and the  list address is like  a normal phone line.  If you
>make your  FAX call someone's  regular phone number by  mistake, it will  be an
>unpleasant experience for him but you  will probably be excused the first time.
>If you  do it regularly,  however, he  will probably get  upset and send  you a
>nasty complaint.  It is the same  with mailing lists, with  the difference that
>you are calling hundreds or thousands of people at the same time, so a lot more
>people get annoyed if you use the wrong number.
>
>You may leave the  list at any time by sending a  "SIGNOFF AFRIK-IT" command to
>[log in to unmask]  (or   [log in to unmask]).  You  can   also  tell
>LISTSERV how  you want it to  confirm the receipt  of messages you send  to the
>list. If you do  not trust the system, send a "SET  AFRIK-IT REPRO" command and
>LISTSERV will send  you a copy of your  own messages, so that you  can see that
>the message was distributed  and did not get damaged on the  way. After a while
>you may  find that this  is getting annoying,  especially if your  mail program
>does not  tell you that the  message is from you  when it informs you  that new
>mail  has arrived  from AFRIK-IT.  If  you send  a "SET  AFRIK-IT ACK  NOREPRO"
>command, LISTSERV  will mail  you a short  acknowledgement instead,  which will
>look different in your mailbox directory. With most mail programs you will know
>immediately that  this is an acknowledgement  you can read later.  Finally, you
>can turn off acknowledgements completely with "SET AFRIK-IT NOACK NOREPRO".
>
>Contributions sent to this list are  automatically archived. You can get a list
>of  the available  archive  files by  sending an  "INDEX  AFRIK-IT" command  to
>[log in to unmask] (or [log in to unmask]). You  can then order these
>files  with a  "GET AFRIK-IT  LOGxxxx"  command, or  using LISTSERV's  database
>search facilities. Send an "INFO DATABASE"  command for more information on the
>latter.
>
>Please note that it is presently possible for anybody to determine that you are
>signed up to  the list through the  use of the "REVIEW"  command, which returns
>the e-mail  address and name of  all the subscribers.  If you do not  want your
>name to be visible, just issue a "SET AFRIK-IT CONCEAL" command.
>
>More information  on LISTSERV commands can  be found in the  LISTSERV reference
>card,  which  you  can  retrieve  by  sending  an  "INFO  REFCARD"  command  to
>[log in to unmask] (or [log in to unmask]).
>
Patrick O'Beirne B.Sc. M.A. MICS, Systems Consultant, Author, Lecturer
Trainer and Developer in Clipper       TickIT trained ISO 9000 Auditor
Compuserve: 100023,1304  WWWeb: http://www.iol.ie/~pobeirne/index.html
Systems Modelling Ltd, Gorey, Co. Wexford, IRELAND. VAT NO. IE4625958Q

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