Listserv definition messaging
An automatic mailing list
server, initially written to run under IBM
's VM operating system
by Eric Thomas.
Listserv is a user name
on some computers on BITNET
which processes electronic mail
requests for addition to or deletion from mailing lists. Examples are email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some listservs provide other facilities such as retrieving files from archives
search. Full details of available services can usually be obtained by sending a message with the word HELP in the subject and body to the listserv address.
Eric Thomas, has recently formed an international corporation, L-Soft, and has ported Listserv to a number of other platforms
. Listserv has simultaneously been enhanced to use both the Internet
Two other major mailing list
processors, both of which run under Unix
, are Majordomo
, a freeware
system, and Listproc
, currently owned and developed by BITNET