Email commands

The easiest way to use the mailing list is to send commands via email, and emails can contain multiple commands.

To send a single command to Sympa by email you must:

Sending a single command by email
Screenshot: sending a single command by email.
  1. Type the command into the subject line of your email
  2. Make sure that the message body is blank (if you have an email signature, this must also be removed).
  3. Send the email to sympa@sympa.bristol.ac.uk.

If you are sending more than one command you must:

Multiple commands in the body of the email
Screenshot: multiple commands in the body of the email.
  1. Leave the subject line blank.
  2. In the message body, write each command on a new line.
  3. Make sure that the message is in plain text and not in HTML format (refer to your email application documentation fort further help on this point).
  4. Make sure that your message only contains Sympa commands and nothing else (if you have an email signature, this must also be removed).
  5. Send the email to sympa@sympa.bristol.ac.uk.

Commands for users

  • HELP: receive a list of all available commands
  • LISTS: receive a list of all lists managed on the server
  • WHICH: receive a list of all lists to which you are subscribed
  • CONFIRM key: confirm sending of a message (according to the way the list is configured)
  • QUIT: indicates the end of the commands (used to ignore a signature)
  • INFO list: get information about the list
  • REVIEW list: receive a list of all list members
  • SUBSCRIBE list name: subscription (or subscription confirmation) to the list
  • INVITE list email: invite someone to subscribe to the list
  • UNSUBSCRIBE list email: unsubscribe from the list. The email address is required only if you want to unsubscribe with an address other than the address with which you send the message
  • UNSUBSCRIBE * email: unsubscribe from all the lists to which you are subscribed
  • SET list NOMAIL: suspend receipt of the list's messages
  • SET list DIGEST: receive messages in digest mode
  • SET list DIGESTPLAIN: receive messages in digest mode (plain text)
  • SET list SUMMARY: only receive the message list SET list
  • NOTICE: only receive the message subjects
  • SET list MAIL: normal message delivery mode
  • SET list CONCEAL: become unlisted (hidden subscriber address)
  • SET list NOCONCEAL: subscriber address visible via REVIEW
  • INDEX list: receive the list of the archive files
  • GET list file: receive a file of the list archive
  • LAST list: receive the list's most recent message

Commands for list owners

  • ADD list email name: add a member to the list
  • DEL list email: remove a subscriber from the list
  • STATS list: check the statistics for the list
  • REMIND list: send to all subscribers a personalized reminder with the address with which he/she is subscribed to the list

Commands for list moderators

  • DISTRIBUTE list key: approve of a message
  • REJECT list key: reject a message to be moderated
  • MODINDEX list: check the list of messages to be moderated

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