>A couple of months ago Steven Nunez posted that his new subscribers were
>getting the last couple of weeks' worth of old messages sent to them when
>they subscribed. The resulting thread confirmed that this was not a feature
>of majordomo but nobody suggested what the cause might be.
This is very likely a feature of your MTA (Mail Transport Agent) which
results when there are old messages that are still in the mail queue
waiting for delivery. We use smail-2.1.?? and smail-3.2 and for each
message it maintains a list of the addresses to which it has successfully
delivered the message and attempts to deliver mail to the current list
that don't appear in that list.
We put a comment about this in our info files and say that it could be
construed as a feature since it gives new subscribers a chance to
catch up on recent traffic without going to the archives.
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