University of Florida LISTSERV Common Commands
- All LISTSERV operations which users typically do through the web interface, can be performed through email. The listserv management of the application predates a web interface.
- We'll use the fictional list FICTIONAL-L in our examples below. You should replace all occurrances of the string "FICTIONAL-L" with the list you are interested in using.
- The email address that you would send to is email@example.com.
- The subject of the email does not matter, you can use whatever and listserv will repeat your subject back to you for tracking purposes.
- All commands you submit will be in the body of an email. It is recommended that you do not include a signature in the body of your email, as listserv may attempt to interpert it as a command and may throw an error.
- For subscribing and unsubscribing to a list
- To add yourself to a list, send the line Subscribe (listname) (your first name) (your last name) e.g.:
SUBSCRIBE FICTIONAL-L Jane Doe
- To remove yourself from a list, send the line Unsubscribe (listname) e.g.:
- For searching archives to a list
- To search through an archive, send the line Search (thing you are searching for) (listname) e.g.: to search for the keyword search_string of Gators
SEARCH Gators IN FICTIONAL-LYou can also restrict your search by date, sender, or other criteria e.g.:
SEARCH Gators IN FICTIONAL-L SINCE 96/01/01
SEARCH Gators IN FICTIONAL-L WHERE SENDER CONTAINS ALBERT
- To get the posts from specific messages found after searching, send the line getpost (listname) (postnumber) e.g.: to get the posts 1730 through 1733 and 1840
GETPost FICTIONAL-L 1730-1733 1840
- To receive the listing of all indexes in the archive, send the line Index (listname) e.g.:
- To receive the digests of a specific index of a known month and year that you received from the index command above, send the line Get (listname) (index name) e.g.: to get the index from June 1997
GET FICTIONAL-L LOG9706Note: it is possible to issue this command and receive back a confirmation, but get no digests. In this case this means the index is too large to send through the mail and you should instead use search as listed above.
- For List Management
- To add a member to a list, send the line Add (listname) (email) e.g.: to add firstname.lastname@example.org
ADD FICTIONAL-L email@example.comNote: First name and Last name after the email address are optional.
- To bulk add multiple members to a list you will need to submit a job. e.g. to add firstname.lastname@example.org and his two friends albert and alberta's emails:
ADD FICTIONAL DD=ddname IMPORT //ddname DD * email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com /*
- To get the configuration of your list and include all subscribers, send the line Review (listname) RCPT e.g.:
REVIEW FICTIONAL-L RCPTNote: This will only work for anyone that has list owner level.
- If you do not see a command listed here that you are trying to do, there are two options:
- You can search through the LISTSERV Command Reference Document. This is the definitive list produced by the creator of LISTSERV.
- Put in a ticket or contact the UF Computing Help Desk (352-392-HELP/4357, firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on your submission, additional information may be added to this page to help other future users.