DList Email Commands
DList commands are commands which the people on the lists (list subscribers) send to the list
server. They are used to control which lists the person is joined to, and to allow them to
make use of other functions that lists offer.
DList commands are written in the body of a normal email message. The
email message is then sent to a special email address,
For example, for a list called 'trendsetters' and a list server running on the machine
'great.isp.com' the user would put commands within an email and send it to
(Actual messages to be distributed to other trendsetters on the trendsetter list would
just be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)
NB: Many of DList's commands have synonym command names available. For example, instead
of sending the command join the user could just send the command subscribe
or even sub. Users may find it useful to use a synonym if they are using
the command on other lists of which they are members.
NOTE to Moderators:
Many of the commands can take extra parameters (marked in square brackets), which are
for use by list moderators. The command 'approve
xxxx' should be given in the first line of a message, to signify to DList that the command
that follows has come from a moderator.
The commands available are:
* parameters in square brackets are for the Moderator's use, other users
leave them blank
(Most commands will result in the list server emailing the user back at
their 'reply' address with the required information)
||Returns the help information contained in these pages.
|[approve password] join [address]
|Subscribes the user to the list. Moderators can subscribe other people by
specifying 'approve xxxx' where 'xxxx' is the password.
|[approve password] leave [address]
|Removes the user from the list stated in 'list_name'. Moderators and
users can unsubscribe other people (depending on access settings)
Unsubscribe is also
detected in messages sent to the list itself as this is a common mistake users will make.
|Sends a mail message to the user containing a list of all
members of the list stated in the 'list_name' parameter.
||Returns a list of the lists handled by the list server, so the user can
choose the one they'd like to join.
||Provides a list of receivable files available to users of the list
|Sends the files requested as attachments of an email message to the user.
The User can put in as many 'file-name' parameters as needed in order to obtain all the
NB: Wildcards can be used in the filename.
||For moderated lists, if a message contains approve 'xxxxx' on its first line, the
item will be accepted as if it came from the moderator. (Assuming xxxxx is the correct
password as defined in lists.dat)
|digest true | false
||If the user is set to 'digest true', they will receive all the day's messages at
the end of the day in one mime message instead of as they arrive.
|holiday true | false
||When holiday is set to true you will receive no messages.
||The sender will receive a message showing the status of the