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messaging An automatic mailing list server, initially
written to run under IBM's VM operating system by Eric
Thomas.
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 listserv@ucsd.edu,
listserver@nysernet.org.
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.