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TIP OF THE WEEK: When your email address changes...

  • To: iris-l@Rt66.com
  • Subject: TIP OF THE WEEK: When your email address changes...
  • From: tlittle@lanl.gov (Tom Tadfor Little)
  • Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 14:03:27 -0600

Here I go with another "tip of the week". Perhaps I can avoid spreading
misinformation this time.

Your email address may change for several reasons. You may move to a
new internet provider, your current provider may change the address it
gives you, or you may burn out and say good-bye to cyberspace forever.

In any event, you need to let the Iris-L listserver know that your old
address is defunct. (If you don't, not only does all your list mail go
into the bit bucket, but your long-suffering list owner is inundated with
error messages.)

1. The best way to tell the listserver you're moving is to use the ADDRESS
option of the SET command. But you must do this _before_ your old address
goes dead. From the old address, send email to LISTSERV@RT66.COM

In the body of the message, type only

SET IRIS-L ADDRESS password new-address

Here "password" stands for your list password (that string of digits that
came in your welcome message, remember?) and "new-address" is your new
email address, whatever it may be. You need to be sure to get it right--
if you don't, you will not be able to communicate with the list, even
to fix it. For example, the command might look like

SET IRIS-L ADDRESS 29348983 jake@newnet.com

(This is one of the few, rare instances when you actually need to use
your list password!)

2. Another, less efficient way to get the job done is to unsubscribe from
the list from your old address (by sending the listserver UNSUB IRIS-L) and
then resubscribe from your new address (by sending the listserver
SUB IRIS-L yourname). The disadvantages of this method are that any
settings you've chosen (for example, digest mode or a new password) will
be lost, and you may lose some of the mail too. It also involves sending
two commands, instead of just one. On the bright side, you don't need
to worry about typing the correct new address, because the listserver
picks it up automatically when you subscribe.

3. If you miss the chance to use one of these methods, you can write to
me at telp@rt66.com, giving me your old address and new address, and I
can make the change for you.

One thing that you should not do is simply go off and leave yourself
subscribed on the old defunct account. Some people probably assume that
when the old account is cancelled, everything will "take care of itself".
It doesn't. The listserver will try to send to the old address forever,
generating reams of error messages, until the list owner removes the
bad address from the list. I tend to be cautious in doing this, since
it's not always apparent that the account is really gone.

If you think you might change email addresses some time, save these
instructions and file them. Following these tips will help ensure that
Iris-L will follow you to your new cyber-home without interruption or

Enjoy the list!

Cheers, Tom.


Tom Tadfor Little         tlittle@lanl.gov  -or-  telp@Rt66.com
technical writer/editor   Los Alamos National Laboratory
Telperion Productions     http://www.rt66.com/~telp/

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