[Mailman-Users] More on ampersand in listname

Carl Zwanzig cpz at tuunq.com
Mon Mar 7 03:46:28 CET 2005

In a flurry of recycled electrons, Mark Sapiro wrote:
> Larry Stone wrote:
> >> I'd stay away from an ampersand. It has a special meaning in Unix commands
> >> (means execute the previous command in the background) and unless properly
> >> escaped, will be taken for that special meaning every time it occurs in a
> >> shell command.
> Larry's advice is probably the best to follow, but you could quote the
> list name in the aliases, e.g.

I'll also suggest that while the ampersand is a legal character for
the local part of a mail address, as are a handful of other interesting
characters (like '#' and '=', see rfc2822 3.4.2 and 3.4.1), using anything 
other than letters and numerals is likely to cause fairly elusive problems 
in the long run. Oh, and dashes ('-') are generally safe.


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