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Email Commands

Sending a Command

LISTSERV® has a powerful command interpreter that allows you to perform most list-related tasks by email.

To send a command, open a new email and complete it as follows:

screenshot of an email with a command

Notes:

To:
The To: address should be LISTSERV@JISCMail.ac.uk
Subject:
The subject is ignored by LISTSERV, so can be left blank.
Message:
Ideally, all that should be present in the Message body is the command and its syntax. You can send more than one command at once providing each command begins on a new line.

Important: If a signature, or anything else, is contained in the message body after the command(s) it is vital that it is preceeded by a '--', otherwise LISTSERV will try to interpret it as part of the command

There are various subscriber commands and List Owner commands you can use.