PMDF MAILSERV V4.2                                                      HELP

The PMDF MAILSERV facility is a mail server available to all sites running

PMDF. This file briefly describes the commands this mailserver implements.

Currently the following commands are available:

DIRECTORY - Sends a list of the file or files that match a given file

    specification. This command is basically the same as the SEND command

    below, except that it sends a list of the files that match rather than

    the contents of the file. For example, the command

        DIRECTORY [*...]*.PAS

    will produce a listing of all files with a .PAS extension (i.e. Pascal

    source files) available from the server.

DIRECTORY/LIST - Sends a list of a specified subset of mailing lists this

    server provides access to. This command takes a single parameter that

    specifies a pattern to match the names of the mailing lists against. The

    pattern can contain wildcards. For example, the command


    will list the names of all lists containing the letter A.

ENCODING - Establishes an encoding to be applied to files before they are

    sent. Encoding makes it possible to send binary files via mail. The

    single parameter specifies the encoding to use. Available encodings

    include MIME-compliant BASE64 and QUOTED_PRINTABLE, as well as UUENCODE


    The manager of the mail server can establish default encodings to apply

    to certain types of files. This command will override such specifications

    if they have been made.

HELP - Sends a help file (usually this file).  This command takes no parameters.

INDEX - Sends an index of all files currently available on the MAILSERVer.

    This command takes no parameters.

INFO - Sends a help file.  This command is the same as HELP and takes no


LISTS - Sends a file containing a list of the mailing lists maintained by this

    server. The file normally includes an explanation of what each list is for.

    This command takes no parameters.

MAXIMUM - Specifies the maximum amount of material that can be sent in a single

    message. The mail server will automatically send files in multiple

    messages. The format of these fragments is MIME-compliant. Maximum sizes

    can be specified in blocks, bytes, or lines. For example:


        MAXIMUM BYTES 64000

        MAXIMUM LINES 256

    A block is normally 512 bytes. Restrictions on total bytes and total

    lines can be active simultaneously.

MODE - Specifies the mode used to read files subsequently processed by the

    SEND command. The mode can be TEXT, BLOCK, RECORD, or RECORD-ATTRIBUTE.

    TEXT mode is used to sent plain text files. BLOCK mode processes files

    without regard to their record structure, and is useful for transferring

    files with no interpretation of their contents. RECORD mode reads the file

    as a series of records and concatenates them to form the output.

    RECORD-ATTRIBUTE reads the file as a series of records and if the records

    attributes are appropriate it appends a specified terminator sequence to

    each record. For example, the command


    specifies RECORD-ATTRIBUTE mode with a line feed appends to each record.

SEND - Sends the requested file or files.  You can specify a directory,

    filename, and file type when using the SEND command. Wildcards may be

    used to request multiple files. Some examples of valid send commands

    are (given that the files exist):




        SEND [STUFF]*.FOR

    The SEND command takes two optional qualifiers, /ENCODING and /MODE. These

    qualifiers perform the same functions as the ENCODING and MODE commands,

    except that they only act on the command they are used with:


SEND/LIST - sends the list of addressees on the requested mailing list.

    The name of the mailing list must be specified.  Some examples of valid

    SEND/LIST commands are (given that the lists exist):


        SEND/LIST PLAGUE_L  (this is a real list!)

SUBSCRIBE - subscribe to the specified mailing list.  You specify the name of

    the mailing list.  Some examples of valid SUBSCRIBE commands are (given

    that the lists exist):



    An optional second parameter, the address to subscribe, may be specified

    with these commands.

UNSUBSCRIBE - unsubscribe to the specified mailing list.  You specify the

    name of the mailing list.  Some examples of value UNSUBSCRIBE commands

    are (given that the lists exist):



    An optional second parameter, the address to unsubscribe, may be specified

    with these commands.