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       sympa (or - A Modern Mailing List Manager


       sympa [ -d, --debug ] [ -f, --file=another.sympa.conf ]
             [ -k, --keepcopy=directory ]
             [ -l, --lang=catalog ] [ -m, --mail ]
             [ -h, --help ] [ -v, --version ]

             [ --import=listname ] [ --close_list=list[@robot]][
             [ --lowercase ] [ --make_alias_file ]
             [ --dump=listname | ALL]


       Sympa is scalable and highly customizable mailing list manager.  It can
       cope with big lists (200,000 subscribers) and comes with a complete
       (user and admin) Web interface. It is internationalized, and supports
       the us, fr, de, es, it, fi, and chinese locales. A scripting language
       allows you to extend the behavior of commands. Sympa can be linked to
       an LDAP directory or an RDBMS to create dynamic mailing lists. Sympa
       provides S/MIME and HTTPS based authentication and encryption.  Sympa
       is a modern mailing-list manager. It supports a lot of useful features.


       -d, --debug
            Enable debug mode.

       -f, --file=another.sympa.conf
            Force Sympa to use an alternative configuration file instead of

       -k, --keepcopy=directory
            This option tells Sympa to keep a copy of every incoming message,
            instead of deleting them. ‘directory’ is the directory to store

       -l, --lang=catalog
            Set this option to use a language catalog for Sympa. The
            corresponding catalog file ‘catalogue’.cat must be located in
            /usr/lib/sympa/nls directory.

       -m, --mail
            Sympa will log calls to sendmail, including recipients. This
            option is useful for keeping track of each mail sent (log files
            may grow faster though).

       -h, --help
            Print this help message.

       -v, --version
            Print the version number.

            With the following options will run in batch mode :

            Import subscribers in the list. Data are read from STDIN.  The
            imported data should contain one entry per line : the first field
            is an email address, the second (optional) field is the free form
            name.  Fields are spaces-separated.

            Sample :

                ## Data to be imported
                ## email        gecos
                 John - accountant
           Mary - secretary

            Close the list (changing its status to closed), remove aliases and
            remove subscribers from DB (a dump is created in the list
            directory to allow restoring the list)

            Remove the list (remove archive, configuration files, users and
            owners in admin table. Restore is not possible after this

            Lowercases email addresses in database.

            Create an aliases file in /tmp/ with all list aliases. It uses the
            list_aliases.tpl template.

       --dump=listname | ALL
            Dumps subscribers of for ‘listname’ list or all lists. Subscribers
            are dumped in subscribers.db.dump.


       /etc/sympa/sympa.conf main configuration file.

       /var/spool/sympa/ this file contains the process ID of


       Latest version of Sympa is available from


       The full documentation in HTML and PostScript formats can be found in

       The mailing lists (with web archives) can be accessed at


       Serge Aumont
            Comite Reseau des Universites

       Olivier Salauen
            Comite Reseau des Universites

       Contact authors at <>


       Copyright X 1997,1998,1999,2000,2001 Comite Reseau des Universites

       Copyright X 1997,1998,1999 Institut Pasteur & Christophe Wolfhugel

       You may distribute this software under the terms of the GNU General
       Public License Version 2 (<>)


       Report bugs to <>.


       sympa.conf(5), archived(8), bounced(8), sendmail(8), alias_manager(8)