Helpful Commands and Info (please let me know if needs updating!)

Hugh W. Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Sun, 3 Sep 1995 13:25:30 -0400

>From Jun 15 19:39:39 1995
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 95 18:33:23 EDT
From: Anthro-l Listowners & JWA Editors <>

A List of Commonly used Listserver Commands

(compiled by Hugh Jarvis 1994
File <anthro-l faq>

Here, for everyone's enlightenment, are a number of commands which you
may find periodically useful. All these commands may be sent to any
listerver, although it is best to send them direct to our listserver: or listserv@ubvm.bitnet.

Occasionaly, due to the periodic updates that computer systems undergo,
you may find that you can no longer communicate with the listserver as
it does not recognise your userid. In these cases, or in the case of
any other problems, or suggestions for other information which might be
added to this posting, please don't write to the whole list, just to me: or antowner@ubvm.bitnet.

-----------the-helpful commands----------------------------------------

Now, a reminder. All the following commands must be sent to the
listserver,, and not the list, or the
list owners!

SUB ANTHRO-L xx yy Subscribes you to Anthro-l, xx yy being your name.
Should your address change, sending this command
after UNSUB will reset to your new address.

UNSUB ANTHRO-L Same as SIGNOFF. Removes you from the list.

QUERY ANTHRO-L This will get a reply from the listserver
which will tell you your exact mail settings
for anthro-l, such as regular mail, digest, or
index, plus the type of ackowledgement, and
whether your name is concealed or not on the
subscription list.

SET ANTHRO-L MAIL This restores the default setting for regular mail

" " NOMAIL This temporarily stops mail being delivered to you

" " DIGest This brings you the digest version of Anthro-l, as
one big mail item, containing a directory and all
the mail for that day

" " INDex This gets you ONLY the original sender's name and
address, plus the subject, length, time and date of
each message posted. Great time saver but requires
ordering the files specially from the listserver.

SET ANTHRO-L REPRO This will get you an automatic copy (sort of an
offprint) of the posting when you send it to the
list and it is received.

" " ACK This will get you an automatic acknowledgement
from the list when you post a message.

" " ACK NOREPRO This will get you the acknowledgement but not the

REVIEW ANTHRO-L This brings you the subscription list.

" " BY COUNTRY This brings the list ordered by subscriber
country of origin.

" " BY NAME This brings the list alphabetised by username.

" " BY NODE This brings the list ordered by subscriber node.

" " BY USERID This brings the list alphabetised by userid.

INDEX ANTHRO-L This brings you a list of the archive files.
The listserver only saves the last few three
months of postings, however. Retrieve the
files by sending mail with GET LOG-xxx to
LISTSERV@UBVM, or by using FTP.

GET ANTHRO-L LOGxxx This tells the listserver to send you one of
the archive files (see INDEX ANTHRO-L below).

Note: It is indeed possible to search an archive logfile through the
listserver, and get just the pieces you want without having to get the
whole file and then search it at your end. See the INFO DATABASE
command information just below.

INFO This will get you information on help files
available about using LISTSERV.

INFO DATABASE This yields the file LDbase Memo, which has info on
searching listserv files, such as archive logfiles.
You might also like the file zenhause v2n2 which
is at listserv@kentvm.bitnet or
This is an Electronic Journal on Virtual Culture
article which discusses how to extract information
on individual listserv lists.

AFD ADD WEDA DIRECTRY ANTHRO-L This will tell the listserver that
that you want to be sent a revised version of the
anthropology email directory (WEDA) *every* time
it is updated. If you recall, this is a resource
of information on anthropologists, which is now
stored at the University at Buffalo Wings gopher
server (gopher to

FUI ADD ..... This is an alternative to AFD. The listserver
tells you that a file has been updated, but does
not send it. You then send a GET ... command.

LIST GLOBAL This will get you a very big file (>2800 lines)
including all existing, publicly available lists
" " /xxx This allows you to search for a keyword string,
xxx, and get an output only of those lists with
that string in their name or description. Eg.
/ANTH gets four list names, including ANTHRO-L.

ANTHRO-L SEARCH This is the name of a file stored on this
listserver which will help you search listserv
list archives. It is very easy to do. Send the
command get anthro-l search to the listserver.

MINING LSV This file gives ten easy steps to searching for
info in listserv lists. Good advice for all.
Again, send the message get mining lsv to the

POSTMASTER@xxx This is the person to send messages to should
you have any troubles getting or sending messages.
xxx can be any node. However, if you get a message
like, "your command not processed as you are not
subscribed to Anthro-l...", it means your address
differs from the one the listserver read when you
first subscribed to Anthro-l. In this case, send
me a message.

STATS ANTHRO-L This gets a file with the publication statistics
for all subscribers to the list.

From: "Steve Maack" <>

Caution for QuickMail on Macintosh users: Listservers try to read any
text, funny sayings, dates, or numbers on QuickMail forms as though those
were listserver commands. Since they are almost surely not such commands,
the listserver will not understand, may quit reading the script and send
back cryptic error messages. You can finesse around this problem by using
a form with no text on it (pictures are okay), and deleting any time or
date stamp which automatically appears on the form when it is opened. The
commands to the listserver may then be placed either in the subject box
or in the message portion of the form.

A note to those who do not have free access to the Net. I know of two
commercial links which provide access to the Internet. PSI in Reston,
Virginia (800-827-7482) provides 1200 to 2400 bps for $29 per month,
and 9600 bps for $39 per month (as of January 1994), with unlimited
email. There is a one time registration fee of $19. CompuServe is
possibly more international, and has a variety of plans available. The
"standard" plan is $10 per month (January, 1994), with 60 free outgoing
email messages per month allowed, and more for a nominal charge.
Incoming messages are free. They are in Columbus, Ohio (800-848-8900).


Date: Tue, 03 May 94 14:37:22

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