Ezmlm is a mailing list manager written
by Dan J. Bernstein. Ezmlm-idx
is an extension to ezmlm written by Frederik P. Lindberg. Ezmlm has
the essential features of a mailing list manager. Ezmlm-idx adds useful, but
non-essential features like digests, list moderation, etc. The list owner will
have made the trade off of features vs. increased size and complexity.
To test if your list has ezmlm-idx installed, send a message to
list-get@host where ``list@host'' is the name of the list. A list
with ezmlm alone will send you a help message saying that your message
wasn't sent to one of its command addresses. A list with ezmlm-idx will
return one or more messages from the archive, or a message telling you
that the list is not archived.
this manual, features available only with ezmlm-idx are marked with ``(*)''.
For more technical information about ezmlm, it's options, and error resolution,
please read the FAQ (
and the ezmlm man pages. A text version of the FAQ is included in the
ezmlm-idx distribution. The latest FAQ in various formats can be found at
The FAQ also contains information on where to obtain ezmlm, where to find
mailing lists about ezmlm, etc. While it is called a ``FAQ'', the document
will with time become the ezmlm/idx technical manual. The man pages are
always installed with ezmlm. To read the man page about ezmlm, do:
To read the man page for ezmlm-make, do:
% man ezmlm
Also, take a look at Dan J. Bernstein's pages on ezmlm and other programs
he has written at
and the qmail home page at
This document is updated for ezmlm-0.53 and ezmlm-idx-0.31. It is available
as ``ezmanx.xx.format.tar.gz''. ``x.xx'' is the version, ``format''
is the format, e.g. ``ps'', and ``.tar'' is present if the document consists
of several files.
This document comes with absolutely no warranties.
If there are errors or omissions in this manual, please send
corrections/comments to the author. The manual is intended to be complete
for users and moderators/administrators. For list owners, it is intended
more as a summary and introduction to the FAQ.
% man ezmlm-make
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