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Listserv provides members of the Dartmouth community with a high-performance mailing list management system.

About Listserv

Dartmouth College licenses the Listserv software from L-Soft Corporation. Listserv provides members of the Dartmouth community with a high-performance mailing list management system. Every Listserv list hosted at Dartmouth must have an owner listed in the Dartmouth Name Directory. Listserv is a mechanism for managing a list when any or all of the following characteristics are necessary:

  • World wide advertisement of the topic.
  • Automatic processing of subscription and sign-off requests.
  • Automatic maintenance of archives of postings. These archives can be retrieved by e-mail or searched and read via a Web interface.
  • Automatic formation of daily digests of postings.
  • Control of the posting process, including moderation, limitations on service area, or limiting the ability to post to subscribers or editors.
  • The number of subscribers is potentially large (over 1,000) or widely distributed geographically.

Listserv at Dartmouth runs on a dedicated host computer, "". List owners can control all aspects of a list's operation by using the Web interface as noted below.

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Requesting a List

To request a new list, submit the form at

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Managing a List

List Management via a Web Interface

An interactive product demonstration of the Web interface is available on the L-Soft Web site. To manage your list via the web interface you must log in to with your Dartmouth email address and password. Login at the upper right

List Management via E-mail

To control a list, you can send e-mail to with the command in the body of the mail message. The most frequently used commands include:


  • SUBscribe listname username: Adds a user to the list of subscribers (e.g., SUB Cabin-Trail Jacob Jones).
  • SIGNOFF listname: Removes a user from the list of subscribers (e.g., SIGNOFF Cabin-Trail).
  • REView listname: Sends the user a list of the subscribers (e.g., REV Cabin-Trail).
  • INDEX listname: Sends the user a list of the archive files (e.g., INDEX Cabin-Trail).
  • SEND filename: Sends the user an archive file listed by the INDEX command (e.g., SEND Cabin-Trail.LOG0701E).


  • ADD listname emailaddress firstname lastname: Adds a subscriber to the list and notifies the subscriber of the addition (e.g., ADD Jacob Jones). If the name fields contain non-alphabetic characters, they must be enclosed in quotation marks (e.g. ADD Cabin-Trail "Dr. Jacob Jones").
  • QUIET DELete listname emailaddress: Removes a subscriber from the list, but does not notify the subscriber of the deletion (e.g., QUIET DEL Cabin-Trail
  • GET listname (NOLOCK): Returns the list of subscribers, including any concealed subscribers without removing the list from service [e.g., GET Cabin-Trail (NOLOCK)].
  • GET listname (NOLOCK HEADER): Returns the configuration information about a list without locking the list [e.g., GET Cabin-Trail (NOLOCK HEADER)].

Listserv is a rich environment. There are facilities that control Web distribution of archives, topics within a list, automatically deleting failed addresses, and many other features. Documentation is available on the L-Soft Website.

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Last Updated: 9/18/14