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1993.05.24 19:06 "tiff mailing list changes", by Sam Leffler

I tried to post this last night, but it didn't seem to go
through, so this is another try...

The tiff mailing list is now being automatically managed by
Brent Chapman's Majordomo package.  This should make life easier
for everyone (you no longer have to worry about my ability to
cut&paste the right email address :-)).

The main upshot of this change is that you should no long use
the address:

    tiff-request@sgi.com

for mailing list-related administrativia.  Instead direct your
requests to:

    majordomo@whizzer.wpd.sgi.com

If you use the old address you will be politely reminded of the
new mechanism.

The majordomo package accepts the following commands.  Note that
they must be sent in the *body* of the mail message and NOT in
the subject line.

    subscribe <list> [<address>]
        Subscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) to the named <list>.

    unsubscribe <list> [<address>]
        Unsubscribe yourself (or <address> if specified) from the named <list>.

    which [<address>]
        Find out which lists you (or <address> if specified) are on.

    who <list>
        Find out who is on the named <list>.

    info <list>
        Retrieve the general introductory information for the named <list>.

    lists
        Show the lists served by this Majordomo server.

    help
        Retrieve this message.

    end
        Stop processing commands (useful if your mailer adds a signature).

Beware also that the scripts that do the list "exploding" watch
for messages that appear to be administrative stuff.  For example,
if your mail message includes the word "subscribe" in the first 5
lines of the body, as just happened today, the message will be
forwarded to an administrator to deal with.

Finally, note that this mailing list is distributed using "bulk
delivery".  This means that you may see a delay between the time
that you submit a note to the mailing list and the time it is
actually distributed.

	Sam