FW: Fml status report (ruby-talk ML)


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Elliott Hughes

silly question, because anyone who could answer "yes" won't read this, =
but has anyone been able to unsubscribe lately?

it seems that whatever command i send to ruby-talk-ctl, i get the =
response below.

i tried mailing ruby-talk-admin last week, explaining the problem, but i =
got no response.

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Elliott Hughes, BlueArc Engineering

-----Original Message-----
From: (e-mail address removed) =
[mailto:[email protected]]=20
Sent: 2007-04-30 13:28
To: Elliott Hughes
Subject: Fml status report (ruby-talk ML)

your mail has no effective commands
please read the following help and send requests to
<[email protected]>


HELP FILE of <[email protected]> ML

----- Index -----

1 FYI: Brief Summary

2 Fundamental Usage
2.1 What is a mailing list?
2.2 Usage of Commands
2.3 When you confused ...

3 Commands List
3.1 How to retrieve files; basic commands
3.2 How to get member list and unsubscribe
3.3 When your email address changed=20
3.4 Digest Delivery
3.5 How to retrieve past articles

4 Not standard commands
4.1 Library commands
4.2 whois database (ML local)
4.3 Traffic command

5 Command Usage Examples=20
5.1 Retrieve past articles

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1 FYI: Brief Summary

Here I introduce the brief summary for you which may join this mailing
list in error.

To unsubscribe ML <[email protected]>, send "unsubscribe" in the =
mail body
to the address <[email protected]>. Also you can send "# =
unsubscribe".=20
"#" is prepended in fml documents for some historically reasons. "#"
is NOT NEEDED in almost all cases but fml can accepct commands with or
without '#'. Please ignore this in default configuration.

To stop the delivery for a vacation, send "# off" in the mail body to
<[email protected]>.=20
To start the delivery again, send "# on" in the same way.

To get the past articles, firstly send "# index" in the mail body to
the address <[email protected]> to retrieve=20
the list of articles. It shows the list this ML stores. To retrieve
articles, use "# get" or "# mget" command. For example, send "# mget
100-200" to retrieve articles from 100 to 200.

Fml compares From: field in a posted article with member list. If you
have several mail addresses, pay attention!

2 Fundamental Usage

2.1 What is a mailing list?

A mailing list (ML) is mail forwarding mechanism. When you send a mail
to the address

(e-mail address removed)=20

the mail is forwarded to all members of this ML.

2.2 Usage of Commands

This ML server has a lot of functions. Please send English command
phrases/words to <[email protected]>.

(e-mail address removed)=20

A command has a command keyword and the options.

# command options

Depends on the configuration of the ML server, '# help' and '#help'
may be treated as the same. (if USE_RPGruby-talkFLAG is non-nil) Note =
that
commands are case-insensitive, i.e. # help =3D $ Help =3D # HELP =
[Option]
means optional. % is shell prompt.

Example 1:

--------- mail body --------------
# help
-----------------------------------

Send "# help" to <[email protected]>,=20
you obtain the help file of this ML.

Example 2:

To retrieve=20

help
articles from 10 to 14

--------- mail body --------------
# help
# get 10-14
# exit
-----------------------------------

2.3 When you confused ...

Please see the mail header, you will find the basic information.

X-MLServer: fml [fml 2.1_RELEASE](distribute + commands available =
mode)
X-ML-Info: If you have a question,=20
send "# help" to the address (e-mail address removed)

X-MLServer: fml [fml 2.1_RELEASE](distribute only mode)

If you are confused and have no clue, you can take a contact with the
ML maintainer at the address

(e-mail address removed)

When you make the contact, you should write

What you did?
Error/ returned mails if exist

3 Commands List

The command syntax is=20

command description

[] is optional.

3.1 How to retrieve files; basic commands

# help Get command help (this file)
# objective Get ML objective
# guide Get ML guide (non-members are allowed to use
this command)

# msg Send a mail to ML administrator

# summary [arg] Get a summary of ML articles
arg: range of the ML articles
Ex.
summary whole summary (1-last)
summary last:10 summary of last 10 articles
summary 100-200 summary of article 100-200

# exit
# end
# quit Terminate command processing (so that your signature
will not get processed)

3.2 How to unsubscribe

# skip Make the address of From: in your mail a posting only
address; mails will not be sent to this address any =
more
# noskip Reverse of # skip
# off Sign off ML temporarily (stop receiving mails)
# on Resume receiving mails after # off
# bye Sign off ML permanently
# unsubscribe Sign off ML permanently

3.3 When your email address changed=20

To change the address which you use to join this ML, you can use '
chaddr' command. The form is

# chaddr old-address new-address

Please send this form from OLD-ADDRESS (fml 2.2 specification).

3.4 Digest Delivery

<<<<< Batch mail mode (approximately every N hours)

# matome <num>[opt] Send batch mail at approximately every <num> hours
To be exact, mail are sent at N clock where
0 =3D=3D N (mod <num>) N=3D1..24
When <num> is between 13 to 36, mail batch will be
sent once a day at=20
<num> if <num>=3D13..24
<num>-24 if <num>=3D25..36

Ex.
# matome <num>u plain(unpack) format
[opt]:
(no option) gzip(with UNIX From:)
u PLAINTEXT(with UNIX From:)=20
uf PLAINTEXT(with UNIX From:)
b RFC934 format PLAINTEXT
d RFC1153 format PLAINTEXT
mp MIME/Multipart PLAINTEXT

# matome 0 Cancel batch mode. Return to normal distribution
Ex.
# matome 1 Mail batch every 1 hour (gzip-ped)
# matome 2 Mail batch every 2 hours (gzip-ped)=20
# matome 2u Mail batch every 2 hours (plain text)
# matome 2mp Mail batch every 2 hours (MIME/Multipart)
# matome 17 Mail batch once a day at 17:00 (gzip-ped)
# matome 29 Mail batch once a day at 5:00 (gzip-ped)

3.5 How to retrieve past articles

# index Get a list of files which you can # get
Index file will be returned if it exists

# get ID
# send ID Get a ML article (sends back in plain text)

# mget <range list> [mode] [interval]
# mget <regular expression> [mode] [interval]
Get multiple files (ML articles or archive files)
Arg:
<range list> Ex. 1-10,12,15-100 1,2,10
first first:10 last:30 100-last (MH syntax)
<regular exp> Ex. * ? 1? 1??
[mode] gz tgz rfc934 b rfc1153 d unpack uf (default=3Dtgz)
[interval] mail time interval if the reply spans multiple =
mails
(default=3D300)
Mode:
(No option) 'tar+gzip' -> spool.tar.gz
tgz 'tar+gzip' -> spool.tar.gz
uf PLAINTEXT(with UNIX From:)
gz GZIP(with UNIX From:)
rfc934 RFC934 format PLAINTEXT
unpack PLAINTEXT(with UNIX From:)
uu UUENCODE
d RFC1153 format PLAINTEXT
rfc1153 RFC1153 format PLAINTEXT

4 Not standard commands

These commands may be unavailable for maintainer's policy. In default
fml disables these functions.

4.1 Library commands

To add a file to the archive area of this ML and retrieve them.

# library command [options]

# library index get index list in library archive area
# library summary the same as "# library index"

# library get [NUM] retrieve NUM file in library archive area
options used in "mget" are available.

# library put add the mail to library archive area.

# library unlink [NUM] remove NUM file in library archive area.
# library delete [NUM] =20
# library rm [NUM]

4.2 whois database (ML local)

# whois [-h host] key Look up whois database with key
When host is given, look up is done on the host
through IPC. Otherwise the search is performed
in ML local whois database
# iam Put self-introduction (ML local whois database)

# who
# whois-index
# whois-list Get the list of available whois entries

4.3 Traffic command

SYNOPSIS:
# traffic [-n <best?>] [-m <mails>] [-d]

"traffic" command gives the traffic information.

5 Command Usage Examples=20

5.1 Retrieve past articles

In the following, 'mail' refers to /usr/ucb/mail, Mail(SUN),
malix(SYSR3/4) /usr/bin/Mail(4.4BSD), /usr/bin/mail(4.4BSD)

* Get article number 1
% echo "# get 1" | mail <ML address>
% echo "#get 1" | mail <ML address>

* Get article number 100-200
% echo "# mget 100-200" | mail <ML address>

* Get article number 100-200. In the case where the reply consists of
multiple mails, send each one at an interval of 30 seconds
% echo "# mget 100-200 30" | mail <ML address>

* Get article number 100-200 in PLAINTEXT format
% echo "# mget 100-200 unpack" | mail <ML address>

* Get article number 100-200 in PLAINTEXT (mail interval =3D 30sec)
% echo "# mget 100-200 30 unpack" | mail <ML address>

* Get files matching ? (i.e. article 1-9)
% echo "# mget ?" | mail <ML address>

* Get files matching * (i.e. all articles)
% echo "# mget *" | mail <ML address>

<<<<< Explanation of the example

(1) Get the article of X-Mail-Count: 1 (article 1)
NOTE: All command mail must begin with '#' If illegal commands are
found, the server will send back this help file

The following way is recommended:

% echo "# get 1" | mail <ML address>

If you want to get article 1-3
% cat > foo
# get 1
# get 2
# get 3
^D
% cat foo
# mget 1
# mget 2
# mget 3
% cat fpp | mail <ML address>

Then the server will send article 1, 2, 3 in separate mails

The problem with this scheme is that, for each get command the =
server
has to start a sendmail process. Imagine you try to get 1-100 =
articles
in this way. It will be a big burden for the server machine.

The solution is to use # mget
For example, we want to get article 1-9:
% echo "# mget ? 30" | mail <ML address>

Like ftp mget command, you can use regular expression. In this =
case,
? will match all files with single character file name, therefore it
matches 1 to 9 in spool directory. Likewise, * will match all =
articles,
?? will match article 10-99

Mail interval argument is not necessarily needed. If a reply
is longer than 1000 lines, ML server will split it into multiple
mails every 1000 lines. In this example, the server will send
each of these mails at the specified interval of 30 seconds (default
is 5 minutes) This argument is usually used in the case like : you
only want to receive 2-3 mails for each UUCP polling interval. If =
your
machine is IP-reachable and you are confident that it can handle
lots of incoming mails at the same time, probably you don't need to
worry about this argument.

The requested files will be tar+gzip+uuencode-d. If the result file
is longer than 1000 lines, the server will split it. You'll have
to concatenate them into one file, say bar, and then decode,
decompress, extract the original files from it (uumerge.pl is very
convenient for this purpose)

% uudecode bar
% ls
spool.tar.Z
% zcat spool.tar.Z | tar xf -
% ls
spool.tar.Z spool
% ls -l
rw-r--r-- ............................ spool.tar.Z
drwxr-xr-x ............................ spool

spool/ contains the files you want

History:

1998/08/17 translated by (e-mail address removed)
by (e-mail address removed)
1997/04/17 improved by (e-mail address removed)
1997/04/16 hand-patched by (e-mail address removed)
1997/04/13 improved by (e-mail address removed)
1997/04/05 imported and merged by (e-mail address removed)
1997/04/13 improved by (e-mail address removed)
1997/04/04 improved by (e-mail address removed)
1997/04/01 improved by (e-mail address removed)

help and help.example2 are merged by (e-mail address removed)
(preparation for 2.1 RELEASE)

help.example2 contributed by (e-mail address removed)
(mnews ML's help is contributed)=20

original by (e-mail address removed)

$Id: help.wix,v 2.1 1998-09-06 14:29:59+09 fukachan Exp fukachan $

(e-mail address removed), Be Seeing You! =20

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Unsubscribe: <mailto:[email protected]?body=3Dunsubscribe>

If you have any questions or problems,
please contact (e-mail address removed)
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send e-mail with the body "help"(without quotes) to
(e-mail address removed)
(here is the automatic reply, so more preferable)

e.g. on a Unix Machine
(shell prompt)% echo "help" |Mail (e-mail address removed)

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