[lug] Sending Email To Multiple Recipients

Arlan Ramsay ramsay at euclid.Colorado.EDU
Sun Sep 21 16:26:11 MDT 2003

Using pine, when the cursor is on the "To" line, type ^R, for "Rich
headers". This gives the opportunity for Bcc and also for Lcc, "List"
copies.  If that doesn't do what you want, here is a script that may be
what you want:

foreach i (`cat $2`)
mail -s $1 $i < $3

I got this from a friend, and call it 'listemail'.  It works this way:

I have a file with one email address per line, say 'thislist'.
I have a file containing the message, say 'thismessage'.
If the subject is 'emergencymeeting', the invocation is

listemail emergencymeeting thislist thismessage

so the subject is the first argument (that is what -s does), the file with
the addresses is the second and the file with the message is third.

I have tested it by putting my own address in the list more than once, and
notice a difference in times the message is delivered to me, so it isn't
instantaneous, but it isn't terribly slow either.

I hope this helps.

Arlan Ramsay

On Sat, 20 Sep 2003, SoloCDM wrote:

> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 17:58:57 -0600
> From: SoloCDM <deedsmis at aculink.net>
> Reply-To: lug at lug.boulder.co.us
> To: "BLUG (Request)" <lug at lug.boulder.co.us>
> Subject: [lug] Sending Email To Multiple Recipients
> I need to know what everyone is using to send email to multiple
> recipients.  An email program like Pine, Netscape, IE, and many
> similar programs force the sender to list all the recipients at
> once so the recipients know everyone who received the message.
> No, BCC is not what I am suggesting.
> I'm not sure a mailing list manager like Mailman, Majordomo,
> and many others is the proper avenue.  I always think of them
> as two-way and I am only trying to go one direction.  I want the
> program to email all the recipients, but only have the sender's
> and recipient's email addresses in the headers for "From:" and "To:".
> Sendmail isn't a solution.  When I use an alias to send email
> messages, the name of the alias userslist below remains as the name
> that the recipient receives.
>    userslist: ":include:/etc/mail/userslist"
> The program also needs to allow files to be attached, if it becomes
> necessary.
> --
> Note: When you reply to this message, please include the mailing
>       list address and my email address in To: and/or Cc: with
>       any proper combination
> *********************************************************************
> Signed,
> SoloCDM
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