Tissue Culture

scpl6023 at bureau.ucc.ie scpl6023 at bureau.ucc.ie
Wed Sep 18 10:38:31 EST 1996

Dear Arvind S. Venkatachalam
The following is the message I received when I joined the tc list.
I believe it has all the information you require

Your subscription  to the PLANT-TC  list (Plant Tissue Culture)  has been

Please save this message for future  reference, especially if you are not
familiar with LISTSERV.  This might look like a waste  of disk space now,
but in  6 months  you will be  glad you saved  this information  when you
realize that  you cannot remember what  are the lists you  are subscribed
to, or  what is the command  to leave the  list to avoid filling  up your
mailbox while you are on vacations. In fact, you should create a new mail
folder for subscription confirmation messages  like this one, and for the
"welcome  messages"  from the  list  owners  that you  will  occasionally
receive after subscribing to a new list.

To send  a message to  all the people  currently subscribed to  the list,
just send mail to PLANT-TC at VM1.SPCS.UMN.EDU. This is called "sending mail
to the  list", because  you send  mail to a  single address  and LISTSERV
makes  copies  for all  the  people  who  have subscribed.  This  address
(PLANT-TC at VM1.SPCS.UMN.EDU) is  also called the "list  address". You must
never try to send any command to that address, as it would be distributed
to all the people  who have subscribed. All commands must  be sent to the
"LISTSERV         address",         LISTSERV at VM1.SPCS.UMN.EDU         (or
LISTSERV at UMINN1.BITNET).  It   is  very   important  to   understand  the
difference between  the two, but  fortunately it is not  complicated. The
LISTSERV address  is like a  FAX number, and the  list address is  like a
normal phone  line. If  you make  your FAX  call someone's  regular phone
number by  mistake, it will be  an unpleasant experience for  him but you
will probably be excused the first time. If you do it regularly, however,
he will probably get upset and send you a nasty complaint. It is the same
with mailing lists, with the difference  that you are calling hundreds or
thousands of people at the same time, so a lot more people get annoyed if
you use the wrong number.

You  may leave  the list  at  any time  by sending  a "SIGNOFF  PLANT-TC"
also tell LISTSERV how you want it to confirm the receipt of messages you
send to the  list. If you do  not trust the system, send  a "SET PLANT-TC
REPRO" command and LISTSERV will send you a copy of your own messages, so
that you can see that the message was distributed and did not get damaged
on the  way. After a  while you may find  that this is  getting annoying,
especially if  your mail program  does not tell  you that the  message is
from you when it informs you that  new mail has arrived from PLANT-TC. If
you send a  "SET PLANT-TC ACK NOREPRO" command, LISTSERV  will mail you a
short acknowledgement instead, which will  look different in your mailbox
directory. With most mail programs you will know immediately that this is
an  acknowledgement  you  can  read  later. Finally,  you  can  turn  off
acknowledgements completely with "SET PLANT-TC NOACK NOREPRO".

Contributions sent to this list are automatically archived. You can get a
list  of the  available  archive  files by  sending  an "INDEX  PLANT-TC"
then order  these files with a  "GET PLANT-TC LOGxxxx" command,  or using
LISTSERV's database  search facilities.  Send an "INFO  DATABASE" command
for more information on the latter.

Please note that  it is presently possible for other  people to determine
that  you are  signed up  to the  list through  the use  of the  "REVIEW"
command,  which  returns   the  e-mail  address  and  name   of  all  the
subscribers. If  you do not  want your name to  be visible, just  issue a

More  information on  LISTSERV  commands  can be  found  in the  LISTSERV
reference  card, which  you can  retrieve  by sending  an "INFO  REFCARD"

Hope this helps

Susan Rafferty,
Plant Biotech.,
UCC, Ireland,

E-mail : suse.raf at ucc.ie

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