5. Subscribing To A Mailing List
Introduction to FreeBSD

Here is a list of available FreeBSD mailing lists. This is only a partial list, intended to get you started. This list changes as new lists are created to keep track of the development of FreeBSD.

When subscribing to a mailing list, there are two addresses to be aware of. The subscription address and the distribution address. The subscription address is the address where you send an e-mail to become part of the list. The subscription address for all FreeBSD lists is the same: majordomo@freebsd.org. ``majordomo@freebsd.org'' is an automated mailing list manager. He only understands requests that are specially formatted, such as subscribe, unsubscribe, and help.

Each FreeBSD mailing list has it's own distribution address. This is the address that you send e-mail to if you want people to read it. Each member of the list receives a copy of the e-mail that you send to it's distribution address. Do not send subscribe, or unsubscribe commands to distribution addresses.

To subscribe to a mailing list, send an e-mail message to majordomo@freebsd.org

In the body of the message type:

subscribe freebsd-questions

subscribe freebsd-announce


The above example will add your name to the freebsd-questions and the freebsd-announce mailing lists. Majordomo will send you a confirmation notice that you have been added to the mailing list, and shortly thereafter you will begin receiving e-mail from the list.

The end command tells majordomo that you are done issuing requests. If you don't use end in your e-mail to majordomo, it will try to parse anything else in the document, such as your name and e-mail address, as a request for it to do something.

As soon as majordomo receives your request to join a mailing list, he will send you a confirmation e-mail. This e-mail will contain a special autorization code that you must re-send to majordomo. If you do not send this authorization code back, you will not be added to the mailing list.

This protects you from being subscribed to a FreeBSD mailing list with out you wanting to. It also prevents people with bogus accounts from subscribing.

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