sympa(8) A Modern Mailing List Manager

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SYNOPSIS [ -d, --debug ] [ -f, --file=another.sympa.conf ]
      [ -k, --keepcopy=directory ]
      [ -l, --lang=catalog ] [ -m, --mail ]
      [ -h, --help ] [ -v, --version ]
      [ --import=listname ] [ --close_list=list[@robot]][ --purge_list=list[@robot]]
      [ --lowercase ] [ --make_alias_file ]
      [ --dump=listname | ALL]


Sympa is scalable and highly customizable mailing list manager. It can cope with big lists (200,000 subscribers) and comes with a complete (user and admin) Web interface. It is internationalized, and supports the us, fr, de, es, it, fi, and chinese locales. A scripting language allows you to extend the behavior of commands. Sympa can be linked to an LDAP directory or an RDBMS to create dynamic mailing lists. Sympa provides S/MIME and HTTPS based authentication and encryption. Sympa is a modern mailing-list manager. It supports a lot of useful features.


-d, --debug
Enable debug mode.
-f, --file=another.sympa.conf
Force Sympa to use an alternative configuration file instead of /etc/sympa/sympa.conf.
-k, --keepcopy=directory
This option tells Sympa to keep a copy of every incoming message, instead of deleting them. `directory' is the directory to store messages.
-l, --lang=catalog
Set this option to use a language catalog for Sympa. The corresponding catalog file `catalogue'.mo must be located in /usr/lib/sympa/locale directory.
-m, --mail
Sympa will log calls to sendmail, including recipients. This option is useful for keeping track of each mail sent (log files may grow faster though).
-h, --help
Print this help message.
-v, --version
Print the version number.

With the following options will run in batch mode :

Import subscribers in the list. Data are read from STDIN. The imported data should contain one entry per line : the first field is an email address, the second (optional) field is the free form name. Fields are spaces-separated.

Sample :

    ## Data to be imported
    ## email        gecos
    [email protected]           John - accountant
    [email protected]     Mary - secretary
Close the list (changing its status to closed), remove aliases and remove subscribers from DB (a dump is created in the list directory to allow restoring the list)
Remove the list (remove archive, configuration files, users and owners in admin table. Restore is not possible after this operation.
Lowercases email addresses in database.
Create an aliases file in /tmp/ with all list aliases. It uses the list_aliases.tpl template.
--dump=listname | ALL
Dumps subscribers of for `listname' list or all lists. Subscribers are dumped in subscribers.db.dump.


/etc/sympa/sympa.conf main configuration file.

/run/sympa/ this file contains the process ID of


Latest version of Sympa is available from <>.


The full documentation in HTML and PDF formats can be found in <>.

The mailing lists (with web archives) can be accessed at <>.


Serge Aumont
Comite Reseau des Universites
Olivier Salau.n
Comite Reseau des Universites

Contact authors at <[email protected]>


Copyright X 1997,1998,1999,2000,2001 Comite Reseau des Universites

Copyright X 1997,1998,1999 Institut Pasteur & Christophe Wolfhugel

You may distribute this software under the terms of the GNU General Public License Version 2 (<>)


Report bugs to Sympa bug tracker. See <>.