Directives for list server commands

Directives are words used at the start of a command that affect its operation. uses two directives, silent and language.

The silent directive applies to subscribe and unsubscribe commands. The language directive applies to any command.

Silent directive


Normally, when you subscribe someone else to a list or unsubscribe them from a list, the subscriber gets an email notification.

With the silent directive, no notification is sent.

Only list managers have the right to use the silent directive.

The silent directive allows list managers to “silently” administer mailing lists without sending notification emails to everybody whose subscriptions are changed.


[silent] subscribe-command | [silent] unsubscribe-command


silent subscribe MyList
silent unsubscribe MyList

Language directive


The language directive sets the language used by to parse the command. then replies to the command using the same language.

The language directive is simply the name of the language, in that language. So, for example the language directive in German is Deutsch not German.

The language directive tells which language dictionary to use when parsing the command and also when replying to the command.


[language] command

The language directive is optional. If specified, it is always the first word in the command line.

Usually, there is no need to use the language directive at all, because can figure out the correct language by examining the command key word itself. It is only needed if the key word that follows is used in two different languages; with the built-in dictionaries this never happens.


Māori āwhina
日本語 どちら
english silent subscribe "Test List"