Using the mailing-list

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General principle

Messages sent to the address are transmitted to all the list's subscribers. Before that, however, they are submitted to the moderators, who may reject them if they think that they are inappropriate.

Subscription to

To subscribe to the mailing-list and receive the messages sent to it, just send an E-mail (its content is unimportant) to the address:

The software managing the list will answer with a message containing a text along these lines:

To confirm that you would like


added to this mailing list, please send an empty reply to this address:

Your mailer should have a Reply feature that uses this address automatically.

This confirmation serves two purposes. First, it verifies that I am able
to get mail through to you. Second, it protects you in case someone
forges a subscription request in your name.
To confirm your subscription, you should answer with an E-mail (again, its content is unimportant) to the given address. In the example above, it is, but the 950281983 and mgoifceebaalgongomon parts will be different in each particular case. This makes forged subscriptions virtually impossible.

The software tries to determine your E-mail address and tells you what it think it is (it would be your_name@xx.yy.zz in the above example). It may happen that you would like to use another address (e.g. because it is your physical address and not your logical address You can do it by changing the @ sign to a = sign in the address you would like to use and putting this before the @ sign of the subscription address. As an example, to use the address, you would send a message to:

Unsubscribing from

The procedure to stop receiving's messages is pretty much the same you had to use for your subscription: just send an E-mail (content doesn't matter) to the address:

In case you subscribed with an explicit address (e.g., you would use instead:

Just as in the subscription procedure, you will receive an answer requesting that you confirm your wish to unsubscribe by sending a message to a a complicated address. The purpose of this is again to avoid being removed from the mailing-list by a malicious person.


The mailing-list is moderated. This means that every message sent to the list is first submitted to its owners, who may reject it.


The mailing-list is managed by Dan J. Bernstein's ezmlm software. This uses some specific functionalities of the mail program qmail (also by Dan J. Bernstein). Qmail is also in use on the main mail servers at the EPFL.