How do I customize the messages LISTSERV sends to my
Listserv's mail templates (
MAILTPL files) allow you to
extensively customize many of the the messages Listserv sends your subscribers.
They're more complex than we can deal with here,
but are discussed at length in this section of the
List Owner's Guide
Some notes on
MAILTPL files in general:
Creating or updating your
Lists don't have their own mailtpl files unless the owner creates them:
they use the messages in
default.mailtpl. You can request
a copy of the default mail template by sending
Mailtpl sections are delimited by
>>> sectionname. For
example, the add message template starts with
>>> sectionname sections must start at column 1
of a line (some mail clients indent lines starting with > by default,
which can cause headaches).
You want to include only those sections you want to customize in
your list's mailtpl. If you include the whole default mail template,
new sections which may be added, and uncustomized sections updated,
will not be reflected in your list's messages.
We have prepared FAQs on the most used
If you have created a
listname.mailtpl file for your list
to customize a given section and now want to customize another section,
or you want to update your
listname.mailtpl file, get
a copy of your current file by sending
If you don't currently have a
listname.mailtpl file, start
default.mailtpl (see above).
When you receive the file you want to modify (
cut and paste if neccessary to create a
new mail message (forwarding it back usually creates extraneous > on
each line). Make your changes here.
Add the following line before the first line of the message:
PUT listname.MAILTPL PW=XXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXX with your Listserv password.
Send the message to Listserv@listserv.uga.edu.
You should receive a message that your file has been successfully stored.
MAILTPL sections used at UGA:
Please refer to the List Owner's Guide for information