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Newsletter script with subscribe email option



Apr 1, 2000, 12:08 AM

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Newsletter script with subscribe email option Can't Post

I am looking for a script that I cant seem to find. I need a newsletter script. I can find plent of those but I need it to noy only subscibe people via a form on the site but also enable them to subscribe by sending an email to an email address (ie I cant seem to find any with that last feature. Freeware or Cheapware would be fine.



Apr 1, 2000, 5:03 PM

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Re: Newsletter script with subscribe email option [In reply to] Can't Post

The reason there aren't any programs with that feature is that cgi programs need to be invoked in order to run. Mail servers do mail processing and do not invoke cgi programs. However, there are alternatives:

You can install a program like procmail ( onto your server. From the procmail home page:

"Procmail can be used to create mail-servers, mailing lists, sort your incoming mail into separate folders/files (real convenient when subscribing to one or more mailing lists or for prioritising your mail), preprocess your mail, start any programs upon mail arrival (e.g. to generate different chimes on your workstation for different types of mail) or selectively forward certain incoming mail automatically to someone. "

procmail is freeware, but is rumored to be a bear to install and get running properly.

If your web host has Majordomo installed on your server, this may be a good solution. While majordomo is typically an "open discussion" mailing list, meaning that everyone on the list can send mail to the list, you can set up a moderated majordomo list to prevent inappropriate emails. More information on Majordomo is at

There's also a lighter type of Majordomo called minordomo, at

Good luck!


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