Digest mode and stuff (Please save this message)

Murli Nagasundaram rismurli at cobfac.idbsu.edu
Tue Dec 22 20:48:08 PST 1998

There's been a query from one of our list members about receiving postings
from the list in DIGEST mode.  The DIGEST mode is especially useful for
lurkers who mainly scan messages and post proportionately fewer messages
(typically the majority on any internet discussion list).

The DIGEST mode collects all postings received during some period of time,
and sends them to individual members (who have requested the digest mode)
as a single posting.  On busy lists, this is usually once or twice a day.

Here's what you need to do:

Send to:

        listserv at listserv.idbsu.edu

The message:

        set oslist digest

You will receive an acknowledgement of your request, and subsequently, will
receive digests.  You can return to the normal mode at any time by sending
to the same address the message:

        set oslist nodigest

Please note that some email services (including, possibly, AOL) limit the
size of email messages, and setting digest mode might result in chopped up
messages.  So I suggest experimenting to decide what works best for you.

Incidentally, if you don't want your mailbox to get filled up when you are
gone for an extended period send the following message to listserv:

        set oslist nomail

This leaves you subscribed to the list, but stops all your mail.  You may
resume receiving mail by sending the message

        set oslist mail

Be warned though, that you will not be able to review the mail that was
stopped from reaching your mailbox, upon your return.

NOTE:  You can get a pretty good overview of key LISTSERV commands at the
following web site:


I highly recommend the following user manual:


Read especially the section entitled "Options that may be set"

Murli Nagasundaram, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., Computer Information Systems
Boise State U., Boise, ID 83725, USA | (208)426-3905(vox) | -1135(fax)
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