FAQs for subscribers only

If you are accessing the Sympa admin interface from outside the University, you will need to connect to the VPN first.

Why don't I receive an email when I mail a mailing list to which I belong?

Basically, Gmail is 'intelligent' in that it spots if you are a member of a list and excludes you from the recipients on the basis that most people do not want to receive the email they have just sent. Unfortunately, quite a lot of people rely on receiving these messages so that they know the message has been successfully sent.

There are at least two ways around this problem:

  1. You can always check your 'Sent Mail' label to see if the message was successfully sent.
  2. You can add yourself as Bcc before you send.
  3. Check the mailing list archive (if you have permissions).

How do I send commands to a mailing list?

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:

  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:

  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.

What commands can I use with a mailing list?

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