Mail aliases and Mailman lists

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We have two ways to provide mailing lists here at CCIS: mail aliases and mailman lists

Mail Aliases

Mail aliases are for when you need a simple list of addresses to send mail to at the College. They are very simple. When mail gets sent to aliasname(at) it is resent to all of the users on that list. There is no special filtering (anyone can send to an alias), self-subscription or other fancy features associated with a mail alias.

When you request a mail alias, we create a file for you in the /net/aliases directory on our Linux machines with the name of the alias as the file name.

To manage your Mail Alias:

  1. SSH to connect to a CCIS Linux machine (e.g.  We have SSH clients on all CCIS Windows machines. OSX ships with ssh (you run it from the Terminal), most modern Linux distributions either ship with it installed or make it easy to install.
  2. Type cd  /net/aliases{return}
  3. You can then edit this file using any standard text editor.
  4. Add users, one address per line.

Two related details:

  1. There are some small aliases maintained by Systems (e.g. gradschool) that don’t appear in /net/aliases. If there is an alias you don’t see there but know it exists, feel free to ask
  2. Please do not assume that if you see an alias in /net/aliases that it automatically is available for mailing users. An example of this is majors(at) and grads(at) Both are special aliases that take their data from files in this directory but actually do the sending via our list server. If there’s any question, please feel free to ask

Mailman Lists

Found at

We also run a full-bore mailing list manager package called Mailman for situations where a more sophisticated mailing list is necessary. For example, a mailman list can restrict who can send to that list. It can also be configured to provide self-service subscribe and unsubscribe services and archiving for a mailing list. To request a Mailman list, as before just send us a request at

If you have any questions about mailing lists, please feel free to drop us a line at

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