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messaging An automatic mailing list server, initially
written to run under IBM's VM operating system by Eric
Listserv is a user name on some computers on BITNET/EARN
which processes electronic mail requests for addition to or
deletion from mailing lists. Examples are,
Some listservs provide other facilities such as retrieving
files from archives and database 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 including Unix. Listserv has simultaneously
been enhanced to use both the Internet and BITNET.