imap.exchange.mit.edu(more on that in a later column).
and see if it contains something like
athena% blanche -i listname
If there is no mention of Mailman in the output, then the list is a Moira list.
reuse is a Mailman list on server PCH.MIT.EDU
Moira lists (also known as traditional or Athena lists) can be used as
mailing lists, as well as to give a group of people access to web pages
and Athena directories. From Athena, an easy way to access Moira lists is
by using the
which brings up an interactive menu to navigate through the various
options for Moira lists. At an Athena prompt, type
(If you don't have an "
athena%" terminal window open, click the
button at the lower left labeled "Prompt".)
If you have a web browser and MIT certificates, another way to manage your lists is by going to webmoira.mit.edu.
A more direct (but slightly more arcane) method is to use the
blanche command. To add yourself to the "cluedump-announce"
list, if your username is "joeuser", type:
athena% blanche cluedump-announce -a joeuser
To delete yourself from the list, use "
instead of "
-a"; to view
the members of the list (if the list isn't hidden), just type
If you want to create your own list, you can do so online at wserv.mit.edu/lc. Fill out a form,
and the list will be available immediately for use with commands such as
blanche. You can also use this website to create Mailman
lists (see below).
Our November 22, 2002 column has more detail on manipulating Moira lists.
Mailman lists are an alternative to Moira lists. They're less integrated with Athena, but they have a fancier web interface, including automatic list archives and the ability to hold messages for moderation or restrict sending to list members. To subscribe or unsubscribe from a Mailman list, visit the website
http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/listname(replacing listname with the name of the appropriate list, of course).
That would probably be a zephyr. Zephyr is Athena's instant messaging system, which displays both official Athena notifications and messages from friends. To send someone a zephyr, type the "zwrite" command followed by their username:
athena% zwrite joeuser
Type your message now. End with control-D or a dot on a line by itself.
Hi, what's up?
Message queued for joeuser... sent
There are a couple of reasons. One is that Athena logs you in to Zephyr automatically, so it's a good way to talk to your friends when they're on Athena.
One of Zephyr's most compelling features is its multi-user chat support. In addition to sending messages to individuals, you can send messages to a particular "class" and "instance". In general, a class is like a chatroom, and an instance is a particular topic within that room. For example, if you want to subscribe to joeuser's "personal class":
athena% zctl add joeuser \* \*
(The first * indicates that you want to subscribe to all instances of class joeuser, and the second * indicates this is a group chat. Then, if you wanted to discuss, say, orientation with joeuser and other people subbed to his class, you would use
athena% zwrite -c joeuser -i orientation
Some commonly used
public classes include "help", for asking various sorts of questions,
"geek", for technical discussion, and "message", the default class
(if you specify an instance and no class). In some situations, you
may want to subscribe to just one instance of a class: for example,
if you're asking a single question to class help, you can subscribe to
that instance alone with, e.g.,
zctl sub help zephyr \*.
Yes; one popular one, "BarnOwl", displays all your messages in a single terminal window. BarnOwl also has support for AIM and Jabber, so you can talk with all your friends from AIM, Google Talk, etc. with the same program you use for Zephyr.
To get started with BarnOwl, type
add barnowl and then
barnowl at an Athena prompt. This will bring up an empty
message window with an introductory notice. You're already logged into
Zephyr; to send a message, hit "z" to start a zwrite command.
If you want to
subscribe to classes from within BarnOwl, type
instance *. For more instructions on navigating the
h; note that you can type a
:) to start a command.
To log in to AIM, type
to use MIT's Jabber service, type
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can then send AIM messages with "a"
and Jabber messages with "j". To add friends to your Jabber buddy list
:jroster sub username@service
— you can use both Gmail and MIT e-mail addresses here, as well
as JIDs from any other Jabber service.