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Jerry Sheehan

MSU List Help

Sympa Email Commands for List Owners

List owners can manage their lists by emailing commands to the list server (Sympa) or via the web interface. See Sympa's Web Interface:A Short Guide for Listowners for information and instructions on using Sympa's web interface.

Send commands to in plain text format. Several commands can be sent in a single message but only one command can be entered on a line.

Command Examples

  • Add subscriber to list: ADD listname John Doe
  • Add without notificationQUIET ADD listname Doe, John
  • Remove a subscriberDEL listname J. Doe
  • Remove without notification QUIET DEL listname John Doe
  • Review the subscriber listREVIEW listname
  • Indicate the end of commandsQUIT
Image of email message with commands Email message with multiple commands


Command Description
ADD Add a member to the list
DEL Remove a member from list
QUIET Enter quiet before add or del command to prevent a notification message from being sent to the person being added or deleted.
Add without notification
Remove without notification
REVIEW Use to get a review of list members
QUIT Use as the final command so email signature will be ignored


Please contact MSU List Help ( for additional assistance.