A mailing list server reads your messages and copies them to everyone
subscribed to the list.
Mailing lists are run
by computer programs called list servers. Each list server is connected to the
email system, and can send and receive email just like a person can, except a
Each list server manages two email addresses associated with
each mailing list:
- Server address. The server address is used
to process administrative commands, such as list subscriptions and unsubscriptions.
- List address. The list address is used for the list itself.
When the server receives an email sent to the list address, it automatically
to everyone currently subscribed to the list.
are three main brands of mailing list servers in common use, described in later
One of the most widely used list servers on the Internet,
with a commercial
version used by many large organizations.
- Majordomo. Widely used in its freeware
version by community and small organizations.
- Listproc. Widely used primarily as a commercial