Dipping into the Archives John A. Finley 28 Jul 1997 03:54 EST
When I posted the results of my mailing services survey Friday, I
mentioned how interesting it was poking around in the archives of
RESADM-L. Several people e-mailed me for instructions on how to
do that, so I'll post it to the list.
Unless you already know how the archives are named, typed and
dated, you first have to ask the listserv for an index. Send an
e-mail note to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the note type:
That's all. Nothing else. You'll get back an index of the archives.
Each archive is a collection of all the RESADM-L exchanges for a
month. The index printed out to seven pages on our printer, so it's
no small document.
The first two words of every archive are what's important for further
communication with the listserv. "RESADM-L LOG9311," for example,
are the first two words of the very first archive, and as you've
probably already figured out, the 93 is for the year and the 11 is
for the month.
If you want to retrieve that particular archive from the
listserv, send an e-mail note to:
leaving the subject line blank. In the body of the note, write:
GET RESADM-L LOG9311
And that's all. You should get it back almost immediately. Those
computer gadgets work pretty durn fast.
If you get really into retrieving archives--and incidentally, this
command structure should work for other listservs--you
can retrieve several at once by just adding command lines. Like:
GET RESADM-L LOG 9311
GET RESADM-L LOG 9312
GET RESADM-L LOG 9401
Let me know if you have any problems or have any questions (Don't
"reply" to the list; send the note directly to me), and I'll try to
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