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OGIP's Automated Mailing List Handler
The HEASARC has installed Listserv, an automated mail list handler.
This server allows more efficient management of the various OGIP mail exploders
used by ROSAT, ASCA, CGRO and HEASARC. Several lists using this system are now
in place and are described below.
For each mailing list there are two associated internet addresses. One address
is used for administrative details such as subscribing, unsubscribing, getting
information about the list, getting help, etc. The other address is used for
sending messages to the list. All lists are maintained on the machine
legacy.gsfc.nasa.gov. The administrative address is the same for every list
and is email@example.com. The second address is specific
for each list and is given in Table 1.
Here is an example of how to subscibe to and use a mailing list:
Assume a user has an internet address of firstname.lastname@example.org and wishes
to send and receive mail from the list "example". First the user must
subscribe to the list, which is done as follows:
subscribe example full_name
- send mail to email@example.com
- the subject line can be blank (it is ignored)
- the body of the message must be the following line:
(NOTE: full_name is the user's name, not the e-mail address)
After subscribing, to send messages to the list, e-mail
This user will then receive mail from the list at
To unsubscribe from the "example" list the user sends mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the one line body of the message being
There are a number of other commands recognized by listserv and information on
these can be obtained by sending mail to email@example.com with the
body of the message being
If you have questions about listserv or any of the lists, please contact
Table 1. OGIP mailing lists
name (non-administrative) purpose access
ascanews firstname.lastname@example.org announcements of ASCA news R
heafits email@example.com discussion of issues related to O
FITS format files used for high
energy astrophysics data
rosnews firstname.lastname@example.org announcements of ROSAT news R
grorpt email@example.com CGRO weekly reports R
An access value of R means that there are restrictions on posting to the list.
An access value of O means there are no posting restrictions.
There are no restrictions on receiving mail from the list.
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