Mailman mailing list commands

GNU Mailman provides a means to manage electronic mailing lists. The software is written primarily in Python and is free; it is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), which allows you to modify the code for the software, if you wish.

If your email address is in a Mailman mailing list, you can send an email message to the list with help in the subject or body of the email to get an email reply showing you the commands that you can put in email messages to the list. E.g., supposing that you are a member of a mailing list called "browncoats" on the server example.com. To see a list of the available commands supported by the Mailman mailing list handling email to that mailing list, you would send an email with help in the subject or body of the message to browncoats-request@example.com. I.e., you would put the name of the mailing list, in this case "browncoats" followed by a dash and the word "request" as the email address to which you would be sending the command. If you put help in the body of the message, you don't need to specify a subject, but put help as the first line of the message with no other text on the line. The response from Mailman should be one similar to the following response:

Udemy



The results of your email command are provided below. Attached is your
original message.

- Results:
    Ignoring non-text/plain MIME parts
    You can access your personal options via the following url:
    https://lists.example.com/mailman/options/browncoats/john.s.smith%40example.com
    
    help
    Help for browncoats mailing list:

This is email command help for version 2.1.14 of the "Mailman"
list manager.  The following describes commands you can send to get
information about and control your subscription to Mailman lists at
this site.  A command can be in the subject line or in the body of the
message.

Note that much of the following can also be accomplished via the World
Wide Web, at:

    https://lists.example.com/mailman/listinfo/browncoats

In particular, you can use the Web site to have your password sent to
your delivery address.

List specific commands (subscribe, who, etc) should be sent to the
*-request address for the particular list, e.g. for the 'mailman'
list, use 'mailman-request@...'.

About the descriptions - words in "<>"s signify REQUIRED items and
words in "[]" denote OPTIONAL items.  Do not include the "<>"s or
"[]"s when you use the commands.

The following commands are valid:

    
    confirm <confirmation-string>
        Confirm an action.  The confirmation-string is required and should be
        supplied by a mailback confirmation notice.

    end
        Stop processing commands.  Use this if your mail program automatically
        adds a signature file.

    help
        Print this help message.

    info
        Get information about this mailing list.

    lists
        See a list of the public mailing lists on this GNU Mailman server.

    password [<oldpassword> <newpassword>] [address=<address>]
        Retrieve or change your password.  With no arguments, this returns
        your current password.  With arguments <oldpassword> and <newpassword>
        you can change your password.

        If you're posting from an address other than your membership address,
        specify your membership address with `address=<address>' (no brackets
        around the email address, and no quotes!).  Note that in this case the
        response is always sent to the subscribed address.

    set ...
        Set or view your membership options.

        Use `set help' (without the quotes) to get a more detailed list of the
        options you can change.

        Use `set show' (without the quotes) to view your current option
        settings.

    subscribe [password] [digest|nodigest] [address=<address>]
        Subscribe to this mailing list.  Your password must be given to
        unsubscribe or change your options, but if you omit the password, one
        will be generated for you.  You may be periodically reminded of your
        password.

        The next argument may be either: `nodigest' or `digest' (no quotes!).
        If you wish to subscribe an address other than the address you sent
        this request from, you may specify `address=<address>' (no brackets
        around the email address, and no quotes!)

    unsubscribe [password] [address=<address>]
        Unsubscribe from the mailing list.  If given, your password must match
        your current password.  If omitted, a confirmation email will be sent
        to the unsubscribing address. If you wish to unsubscribe an address
        other than the address you sent this request from, you may specify
        `address=<address>' (no brackets around the email address, and no
        quotes!)

    who password [address=<address>]
        See the non-hidden members of this mailing list.  The roster is
        limited to list members only, and you must supply your membership
        password to retrieve it.  If you're posting from an address other
        than your membership address, specify your membership address with
        `address=<address>' (no brackets around the email address, and no
        quotes!). If you provide the list's admin or moderator password,
        hidden members will be included.


Commands should be sent to browncoats-request@lists.example.com

Questions and concerns for the attention of a person should be sent to

    browncoats-owner@lists.example.com

If you've forgotten your password for the mailing list, you can put Password as the subject of the message and send it to listname-request@server where listname is the name of the list and server is the fully qualified domain name of the server, e.g., browncoats-request@example.com. You should get an email response with a message similar to the one below:

- Results:
    Ignoring non-text/plain MIME parts
    Your password is: abcd2016

If you wanted a list of the email addresses for all of the members of the mailing list, you could put who abcd2016 in the body of the message, presuming that "abcd2016" was your password.

If you wish to view your current option settings for the mailing list, you can put set show in the subject line or body of the message. The response will look similar to the one below:



The results of your email command are provided below. Attached is your
original message.

- Results:
    Ignoring non-text/plain MIME parts
    Your current option settings:
        ack off
        digest off
        delivery on
        myposts on
        hide off
        duplicates off
        reminders on

- Unprocessed:

If you send the command set help to the list, you will receive a response similar to the following one:

The results of your email command are provided below. Attached is your
original message.

- Results:
    Ignoring non-text/plain MIME parts
    
    set help
        Show this detailed help.

    set show [address=<address>]
        View your current option settings.  If you're posting from an address
        other than your membership address, specify your membership address
        with `address=<address>' (no brackets around the email address, and no
        quotes!).

    set authenticate <password> [address=<address>]
        To set any of your options, you must include this command first, along
        with your membership password.  If you're posting from an address
        other than your membership address, specify your membership address
        with `address=<address>' (no brackets around the email address, and no
        quotes!).

    set ack on
    set ack off
        When the `ack' option is turned on, you will receive an
        acknowledgement message whenever you post a message to the list.

    set digest plain
    set digest mime
    set digest off
        When the `digest' option is turned off, you will receive postings
        immediately when they are posted.  Use `set digest plain' if instead
        you want to receive postings bundled into a plain text digest
        (i.e. RFC 1153 digest).  Use `set digest mime' if instead you want to
        receive postings bundled together into a MIME digest.

    set delivery on
    set delivery off
        Turn delivery on or off.  This does not unsubscribe you, but instead
        tells Mailman not to deliver messages to you for now.  This is useful
        if you're going on vacation.  Be sure to use `set delivery on' when
        you return from vacation!

    set myposts on
    set myposts off
        Use `set myposts off' to not receive copies of messages you post to
        the list.  This has no effect if you're receiving digests.

    set hide on
    set hide off
        Use `set hide on' to conceal your email address when people request
        the membership list.

    set duplicates on
    set duplicates off
        Use `set duplicates off' if you want Mailman to not send you messages
        if your address is explicitly mentioned in the To: or Cc: fields of
        the message.  This can reduce the number of duplicate postings you
        will receive.

    set reminders on
    set reminders off
        Use `set reminders off' if you want to disable the monthly password
        reminder for this mailing list.


- Unprocessed:

 

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