[AI] Tech Dose of the Day: Majordomo

vishnu ramchandani vishnuhappy at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 20 06:34:08 EST 2008

contributor : Media&Entertainment Delivery Group
(MphasiS Software Services)
What is Majordomo?
Majordomo is a proprietary mailing list manager (MLM)
developed by Brent Chapman of Great Circle Associates.
It works in conjunction with sendmail on UNIX and
related operating systems.
Further Info:
Majordomo came into widespread use beginning in 1992,
predating the popularity of the web browser, in an era
when many people had email access but no WWW access.
As a result, tasks such as subscribing and
unsubscribing are handled by sending mail messages, a
process that may seem cumbersome today.
There are front-ends, such as MajorCool, to provide a
web interface. Many mailing lists are still run using
majordomo. There is work being done to completely
rewrite Majordomo with a focus on keeping the familiar
email interface while greatly improving the web
interface and other features. This rewrite is referred
to as Majordomo 2 and is currently being used by the
OpenBSD project among others.
Before Majordomo, mailing lists were maintained
manually, with a list owner adding and removing
participants by editing a text file. Most, however,
moved to commercial mailing list hosting services,
often with a stipend of $100 or more paid to the list
owner by the hosting service in exchange for the
transfer. Most of the hosting providers were
subsequently bought out by Yahoo!, and merged into its
Yahoo! Groups service.  
Further References 
Majordomo home : 
Majordomo FAQs : 

      5, 50, 500, 5000 - Store N number of mails in your inbox. Go to http://help.yahoo.com/l/in/yahoo/mail/yahoomail/tools/tools-08.html

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