technical information about Humanist

Willard McCarty (
Thu, 17 Aug 1995 22:23:19 -0400

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 101.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities
Princeton and Rutgers

[1] Subject: Technical information about Humanist
From: Willard McCarty <>
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Basic technical information for members of Humanist (August 1995)

The following assumes that you are a current member of Humanist. For
information on how to subscribe, go to the WorldWideWeb homepage for
Humanist, at the address given below, using either a graphical Web
browser or the program lynx. For information on graphical browsers
and lynx, see your local expert.

1. Addresses for Humanist

Humanist itself
(for submitting normal contributions):
The Humanist Web
(main source of information):
Humanist archives
(log files &c.):
(for extraordinary reasons):
Assistant Editor
(for technical assistance):
(for adjusting your subscription

2. Unsubscribing and changing your subscription parameters

Under normal circumstances, you manage your subscription directly by
issuing commands to ListProcessor (listproc) the software that runs
the discussion group. Commands are issued by sending normal e-mail to
the address of ListProcessor, given above, one command per line. See
below for all available commands.

3. Accessing the archives for Humanist

The archives and associated files for Humanist, mostly of archaeological
interest only, are available by Gopher at the above address. These will
be improved and made more easily searchable shortly.

4. ListProcessor commands and procedures

Date: Fri, 11 Aug 1995 18:35:06 EDT
From: Princeton University ListProcessor <listproc@lists.Princeton.EDU>
Subject: HELP

ListProcessor 7.2

Copyright (c) 1993-95 by
the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN)

Here is a brief description of the set of requests recognized by
ListProcessor. Everything appearing in [] below is optional; everything
appearing in <> is mandatory; all arguments are case insensitive, except
mail addresses and passwords. The vertical bar ("|") is used as a logical
OR operator between the arguments. Requests may be abbreviated, but you
must specify at least the first three characters.

Keep in mind that when referring to a <list>, that list may be of two
kinds: local or remote, unless otherwise noted. When referring to a local
list, your request will be immediately processed; when referring to a
remote list (a list served by another ListProcessor which this system
knows about), your request will be appropriately forwarded. Issue a
'lists global' request to get a listing of all local and known remote
lists to this ListProcessor.

Recognized requests are:

*** GENERAL ***

help [topic]
Without arguments, this file. Otherwise get specific information on the
selected topic. Topics may also refer to requests. To learn more about
system issue a 'help listproc' request. To get a listing of all available
topics, generate an error message by sending a bogus request like 'help

lists [local|global [keywords]]
Get a list of all local mailing lists served by this server, or of all
known local and remote lists. If keywords are specified, they are treated
as a logically ANDed list of strings/regular expressions; keywords can be
quoted. When keywords are specified, only those lists' descriptions that
match the keywords are listed.

Get information about the current release of this ListProcessor system.

*** FOR LISTS ***

information [list]
This file if no list is specified, otherwise get information about the
specified list.

purge <password>
Remove yourself from all mailing lists on this host.

recipients <list>
Get a list of the current subscribers.

review <list> [short|description|subscribers]
Review the list's settings, get the list's general information file and
get a listing of the current subscribers for the specified list.

run <list> [<password> <cmd [args]>]
Run the specified command with the optional arguments and receive the
output from stdout and/or stderr. To get a listing of all available
commands to run, omit the arguments, i.e. issue a 'run <list>' request.
You have to belong to the specified list, and must have obtained the
password from the list's owner; the owner's address may be found in the
Errors-To: header line of each delivered message.

set <list> [<option> [arg[s]]]
Without the optional arguments, get a list of all current settings for
the specified list. Otherwise change the option to a new value for that
list (or the list default if that value is missing).
Valid arguments are: mail [ACK|NOACK|POSTPONE|DIGEST]
password <current-password> [new-password]
address <current-password> <new-address>
conceal [YES|NO]
preference [preferences]
Issue a 'help set' request for more information.

query <list>
Same as 'set <list>' with no arguments.

statistics <list> {[subscriber email address(es)] | [-all]}
Get a listing of non-concealed subscribers along with the number of
messages each one of them has sent to the specified list. If the optional
email addresses are given, then statistics will be collected for these
users only.
For example:
stat foo user1@domain user2@domain
will generate statistics about these two subscribers. "-all" compiles
statistics for all users that have posted on the list (whether currently
subscribed or not).

subscribe <list> <your name>
join <list> <your name>
The only way to subscribe to a list.

unsubscribe <list>
signoff <list>
Remove yourself from the specified list.

Get a listing of local mailing lists to which you have subscribed.


afd <action> {<archive> [/password] [files]} [{<archive> [/password]
fui <action> {<archive> [/password] [files]} [{<archive> [/password]
Automatic File Delivery (AFD) and File Update Information (FUI).
Add/delete yourself to archives and/or files, and be notified when these
archives or files are updated. "action" can be: add, delete or query. The
site's manager may manipulate other addresses by listing them after the
archive specification(s).

archive <archive name> <password> <action> [args]
Manipulate archives; the manager may create new archives, remove existing
ones, or reconfigure existing ones. Both the manager and the archive's
owners may add, delete or update existing files.

fax <fax-number> <archive | path-to-archive> <file> [/password] [parts]
Same as 'get', but it faxes you the files instead to the specified

get <archive | path-to-archive> <file> [/password] [parts]
Get the requested file from the specified archive. Files are usually
split in parts locally, and in such a case you will receive the file in
multiple email messages -- an 'index' request tells you how many parts
the file has been split into, and their sizes; if you need to obtain
certain parts, specify them as optional arguments. If an archive is
private, you have to provide its password as well.

index [archive | path-to-archive] [/password] [-all]
Get a list of files in the selected archive, or the master archive if no
archive was specified. If an archive is private, you have to provide its
password as well.

search <archive | path-to-archive>] [/password] [-all] <pattern>
Search all files of the specified archive (and all of its subarchives if
-all is specified) for lines that match the pattern. The pattern can be
an egrep(1)-style regular expression with support for the following
additional operators: '~' (negation), '|' and '&' (logical OR and AND),
'<' '>' (group regular expressions). The pattern may be enclosed in
single or double quotes. Note: . matches any character including new

view <archive | path-to-archive>] [/password] [parts]
Same as 'get' but in interactive mode justs catenates the file on the

[Help intended for owners and editors of lists has been omitted.]

*** OTHER ***

Help is also available on the following topics:

Learn more about this system and list management software in general

Willard McCarty, Centre for Computing in the Humanities (Toronto)
(416) 978-3974 voice (416) 978-6519 fax