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The KQML Mailing Lists


The mailing lists kqml and kqml-digest. are for general discussions involving the conceptual design and use of KQML. The list kqml-admin-msgs is for discussion of standard administrative mesages and associated protocols. Check the hypermail archives to see recent traffic. Anyone can subscribe and unsubscribe to these lists by sending email to the automatic mailing list manager (majordomo@cs.umbc.edu) as described below.

KQML AND KQML-DIGEST. The main KQML list is available in two forms -- the regular KQML list and the KQML-DIGEST list. If you subscribe to the regular agents list, you will get each message posted to the list immediately. If you subscribe to the digest, you will get a periodic digest message which will contain all of the posted messages since the last digest was sent. Digests will be created and sent whenever a fixed period has expired (e.g., one week) or enough traffic has occurred (e.g., more that 1000 lines or 4000 bytes of content). If you like to read what is being posted but do not regularly participate in ongoing list discussions you may find the digest form more convenient. You can subscribe to both lists if you want.

KQML-ADMIN-MSGS does not currently have a digest form.

SUBSCRIBING. To join the mailing list send a message to majordomo@cs.umbc.edu with subscribe kqml, subscribe kqml-digest or subscribe kqml-admin-msgs in the body of the message. You will receive a message asking you to confirm that you would like to join the appropriate list -- this feature has been added to help prevent forged subscriptions. If you wish to subscribe an address other than your own, such as a local redistribution list, you can send majordomo a command of the form:

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UNSUBSCRIBING. To have yourself removed from the mailing list send a message to majordomo@cs.umbc.edu with unsubscribe kqml, unsubscribe kqml-digest and/or unsubscribe kqml-admin-msgs in the body of the message. If you are subscribed with an address other than the one from which you are emailing (e.g., you moved), you'll have to send a command of the following form instead:

and wait for the administrator to approve the request. If you don't know what address you are subscribed with, you can use the majordomo who command to identify the address you subscribved under. (E.g., send majordomo "who kqml" to see who is subscribed to KQML).

POSTING. Post messages by sending them to the appropriate mailing list. Messages sent to kqml@cs.umbc.edu will be immediately distributed to all of the subscriber to agents, added to the hypermail archive, and added to the current digest for later distribution to the agents-digest subscribers. If you post a message and then realize you have said something incredibly stupid and want to keep it from being distributed, you are out of luck. You only hope is disavow the message and claim it to have been forged by an enemy.

ARCHIVES. All posted messages are automatically indexed into hypermail archive located at http://www.cs.umbc.edu/kqml/mail/archives/ .

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