>>>>> "DL" == David Lee <T.D.Lee@durham.ac.uk> writes:
DL> One of our users wishes to have a new list whose name contains a "."
DL> (period, dot). According to the "NEWLIST" information, this is not
DL> possible. Could someone provide a brief explanation or point me to a
DL> reference which gives a little more info on this? (And is it a MJ
DL> restriction or something more general?)
It's mostly a Majordomo restriction. A dot is special according to RFC822
and has different syntax rules associated with it, so you have to be
careful about using them in email addresses. (email@example.com is legal, but
a..firstname.lastname@example.org is not, nor is a.@c.com or .email@example.com).
Majordomo uses filenames containing dots to store internal data; the config
file is "list.config". When scanning for lists in its storage, it simply
ignores all files containing dots.
If you want to hack (and you're willing to deal with the restrictions on
dots in addresses), you could probably remove this restriction without all
that much difficulty. You might want to look at the archives at
<URL:http://www.hpc.uh.edu/majordomo-users/> to find the discussion on
exactly the same subject which happened last month.