On Wed, 15 Oct 1997, David Lee wrote:
> One of our users wishes to have a new list whose name contains a "."
> (period, dot). According to the "NEWLIST" information, this is not
> possible. Could someone provide a brief explanation or point me to a
> reference which gives a little more info on this? (And is it a MJ
> restriction or something more general?)
I don't know why (but can guess), but I see the line of majordomo.pl
which does it
# clean up $clean_list
$clean_list =~ s/[^-_0-9a-zA-Z]*//g;
My guess is that only those characters are guarenteed to be valid
in email addresses everywhere and that by not having . in list
names . can be used unambiguously for files like
etc. As MD adds features the list of .stuff grows. A list with a name
might lead to ambiguity. Is this the bar value for the list foo or is
it the list itself.
Maybe future versions of md should have the actual list in something like
so that no file in the lists directory would be dotless, thus reducing
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