Help File on The CricInfo MailServer: CricInfo via Email
The first CricInfo MailServer came on-line on Dec13th 1993. It
checks the subject line of incoming messages only. Messages
are then deleted here, but your message is returned to you ap-
pended onto the mailserver output.
At present, there is no load limiting on the mail-server, and we
are still running on the aged Sun 3/50 of numbered days :-0 --
i.e. it would be quite possible to completely overload this comp-
uter if too many mailserver requests come in, resulting in ???.
So, please use the mailserver interface to CricInfo *ONLY* if you
*HAVE* to because you are not on the internet and *cannot* use
either gopher or irc interfaces. The mailserver interface
works on the same principle as the irc Bot -the same file-name
matching is performed.
the Subject should be your request (e.g., Subject: aus eng t6
1993). Do not put /msg cricinfo in the subject line :-)
You can put anything you like in the body of the message, it is
1) whereis - invaluable aid to finding files
Usage: Subject: Whereis aus eng 1993
2) lookup - Lookup Player Stats.
Usage: Subject: lookup gower david
For other mail (submissions, communications to the managers)
please continue to mail us at :
Thanks. We hope you find CricInfo useful and will contribute
some time towards it
NOTE: The mailserver uses the "From :" field of incoming mail in
order to determine a reply address. Please ensure that mail sent
to this address from the USA *.edu domain will reach you. This
is a particular problem for *.uk machines which are not on
the Inter- Net and rely on intermediate relays. The mailserver
normally will respond within 90 secs or so. If you do not get a
reply within a couple of hours, this is either because the net-
work is completely stuffed at that time (check with `ping` (ask
sysop if you don`t know what this is)), or because mail sent to
your reply address failed to reach you. In the latter case,
try resending your request from a different address; preferably
an address on a central machine.
Mailserver written by CP
<END> The Management