[Mailman-Developers] Mailmerge?

Richard Leyton richard@beenz.com
Thu, 25 Nov 1999 10:21:18 +0000

Dan Ohnesorg wrote:

> On Wed, 24 Nov 1999, Barry A. Warsaw wrote:
> > First time I've heard of mailmerge.  What is it, and what does it do?
> Mailmerge is WordStar's command, it means serial mail, or personally
> customized mails. Somethink like:
> Dear {first-name},

Exactly correct. The data can be merged in from some external source, such as
a database, or a nice user list appended with additional information in some

> Generally somethink what no one listmanager on net does. And I think it is
> far away from mailmans purpose.

Listserv implements this, but it's very expensive (20k ~= $36k), and doesn't
work on Solaris or Linux.

I'd agree that it's not part of a mailmanagers /core/ functionality, but it's
functionality that'd be useful for announcement/newsletter type mailing lists
(which I suspect constitute a fair proportion of mailmans user base) and for
supporting large user bases (such as ours).



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