Majordomo – mailing list manager

Majordomo is a mailing list manager (MLM). Majordomo controls a list of addresses for some mail transport system (like sendmail or smail) to handle. Majordomo itself performs no mail delivery (though it has scripts to format and archive messages).

It is written in Perl and has a long history, coming into popular use since 1992, predating the popularity of the web browser, in an era when many people did have access to email but still didn’t have web access.

Commands are sent to Majordomo via email to handle all aspects of list maintenance. Once a list is set up, virtually all operations can be performed remotely by email, requiring no intervention upon the postmaster of the list site.

Features include:

  • Supports various types of lists, including moderated.
  • All list management activities are handled by email, so list owners don’t need access to Majordomo server machine.
  • Supports archival and remote retrieval of messages.
  • Supports digests.
  • Modular design – use only the features you need.
  • Written in Perl – easily customizable and expandable.
  • Includes support for FTPMAIL.
  • Supports confirmation of subscriptions, to protect against forged subscription requests.
  • List filters, based on header or body regular expressions.

Support: FAQ
Developer: Brent Chapman
License: Majordomo License 1.1

Majordomo is written in Perl. Learn Perl with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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