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Subscriber Commands

These are the most commonly used LISTSERV® commands for subscribers. Each command listed is followed by its syntax - angled brackets indicate a required parameter and square brackets an optional parameter. To issue a command via email, send an email to listserv@jiscmail.ac.uk with no subject and the command in the body of the email.

Subscribe

SUBSCRIBE groupname forename surname [WITH opt1 opt2 etc]

This subscribes you to a group. You can also use this to change your name if you are already a member of the group and you will receive a message saying that your subscription options have been updated. Please note that to do this, you must use the same email address you were originally subscribed with. You can specify options using the WITH command. Note: Your email address is automatically taken from your email.

Example 1: SUBSCRIBE JISCMAIL-NEWSLETTER Joe Bloggs

This is the standard subscription, in this case subscribing to the 'JISCMAIL-NEWSLETTER' with the name 'Joe Bloggs'.

Example 2: SUBSCRIBE JISCMAIL-NEWSLETTER Joe Bloggs WITH DIGESTS NOHTML

This subscribes you to 'JISCMAIL-NEWSLETTER' and specifies that you wish to receive postings in DIGEST format and want to avoid HTML. The full list of WITH options can be seen under the SET command below.

Unsubscribe

UNSUBSCRIBE groupname

Removes you from a group. Specifying an asterisk instead of the group name will remove you from ALL JISCMail groups. Note: Since LISTSERV® extracts your email address automatically, you must send the command from the same email address as you are subscribed with.

Example 1: UNSUBSCRIBE JISCMAIL-NEWSLETTER

This will remove you from the 'JISCMAIL-NEWSLETTER' group.

Set

SET listname [opt1] [opt2 etc]

Alters your subscription options for one or all of your groups

Example 1: SET * NOMAIL

This command sets you to NOMAIL for ALL the groups you are subscribed to.

ACK/NOACK Acknowledgements for postings
CONCEAL/NOCONCEAL - Hide yourself from REVIEW
HTML/NOHTML - Prefer/avoid HTML format, especially in digests
MAIL/NOMAIL - Toggle receipt of mail
MIME/NOMIME - Prefer/avoid MIME format, especially in digests
DIGESTS/NODIGESTS - Receive postings in digest form
INDEX/NOINDEX - Receive message indexes
REPRO/NOREPRO - Copy of your own postings
FULL/SHORT/SUBJ - Mail header style

Query

QUERY groupname

Request details of the groups you are subscribed to.

Example 1: QUERY *

Returns details of ALL groups you are subscribed to, along with your subscription options.

Change

CHANGE groupname newemailaddress

Changes your email address on the specified group. Note: You must send this command from the email address that you wish to change from.

Example 1: CHANGE * new@address.ac.uk

Change your address to new@address.ac.uk on ALL groups.