I. MEDIBER: An Internet Discussion Group for Medieval Iberia

MEDIBER is an on-line discussion list (accessible via Internet) devoted to all aspects of Medieval Iberian Literatures, Languages, History, and Cultures. We take Medieval Iberia in its broadest senses--geographically, chronologically, and culturally. We hope that MEDIBER can serve as a shared resource and on-going conversation among scholars working in a variety of disciplines: art, architecture, codicology, musicology, history, historical linguistics, and literature. MEDIBER welcomes queries and comments in all the modern romance languages of the Iberian peninsula and in English.

MEDIBER offers a forum for discussion of the medieval Catalan and Galician-Portuguese traditions as well as of those cultures which arose in central Iberia. We also hope that medieval Islamic, Jewish, and Hispano-Latin cultures will have an important place on MEDIBER. As with any list, however, MEDIBER will soon adapt itself to the interests of the people who participate in it. The list owner has no rigid program in mind for this list and no aversion to controversy, as long as arguments are carried on in a manner appropriate to the public nature of the list. This is an unmoderated list.

New subscribers may wish to submit a brief biographical sketch and an outline of their current interests, though this is not a requirement. Students and people outside the academy who have an interest in things medieval Iberian are welcome on MEDIBER. We will try to keep things as informal as possible.

If you have difficulties signing on or have further questions about the list, do not hesitate to email me at the following address: dagenais@humnet.ucla.edu. Or write to the address below.

MEDIBER is supported by Northwestern University's Academic Computing and Networking Services. Technical assistance is provided by Brian Nielsen.

List Owner:

John Dagenais
dagenais@humnet.ucla.edu
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
405 Hilgard Avenue
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532
U.S.A.
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II. HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

To sign on to MEDIBER, please send an email message to the following address:

 

listserv@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

The body of the message should read:

 

SUBSCRIBE MEDIBER your name

For example:

 

SUBSCRIBE MEDIBER Juan Ruiz

Comments and queries for distribution to members of the list should be sent to the following address:

 

mediber@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

 

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III. HOW TO GET HELP FOR LISTSERV COMMANDS

1) To Get Help Via Electronic Mail:

Send the following command as the text of a regular email message, using whatever email program you prefer, TO THE LISTSERV ADDRESS, i.e., listserv@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

 

help

If you desire more detailed help on a specific topic and know the name of that topic, you may add the name of that topic to your message. E.g., the following message would retrieve help on the search command:

 

help search

2) To Get Help Via Gopher

Northwestern University maintains a gopher site which includes information on listserv commands for the software version used here. The address of the site is: gopher.nwu.edu

If your email server has a gopher client on it, you can generally access Northwestern's gopher by typing the following command at your system prompt:

 

gopher gopher.nwu.edu

Once you have connected with the NWU Gopher, go through the following submenus to locate listserv information

 

Networked Resources, General

Listserv Information

Listserv Command Help (Northwestern-hosted lists)

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IV. THINGS TO REMEBER WHEN SENDING A COMMAND TO THE LISTSERV

1) Use the address mediber@listserv.acns.nwu.edu _ONLY_ when you wish to post a message for distribution to the other members of the list. For sending commands relating to subscriptions, archives, indices, etc., SEND THE COMMAND AS A REGULAR EMAIL MESSAGE, USING THE EMAIL PROGRAM YOU PREFER, TO THE _LISTSERV@LISTSERV_ ADDRESS:

 

listserv@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

2) It is not necessary to include a subject when you send a command to the listserv@listserv address.

3) It is a good idea to add a blank line after your command message, as some mail programs strip the last line of message files. Just hit the return key after typing your message.

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V. HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE (PERMANENTLY REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM THE LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS)

To terminate your participation in the list permanently, send one of the following commands as the text of a regular email message, using whatever email program you prefer, TO THE LISTSERV ADDRESS, i.e., listserv@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

 

unsubscribe mediber

OR

 

signoff mediber

Please note that you should not include your name with the "unsubscribe" message (as you did when you signed on). Your name will be removed based on the header which appears on your email message (see also, "If Your Email Address Changes" below)

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VI. HOW TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND RECEIPT OF MEDIBER MESSAGES

To temporarily suspend your participation in the list (while you are absent for an extended period of time), send the following command as the text of a regular email message, using whatever email program you prefer, TO THE LISTSERV ADDRESS, i.e., listserv@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

 

set mediber mail postpone

BE SURE TO INCLUDE ALL FOUR PARTS OF THE COMMAND. No messages will be sent to you until you change mode again.

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VII. HOW TO RESUME RECEIPT OF MEDIBER MESSAGES

To restore mail service from mediber, send one of the following commands as the text of a regular email message, using whatever email program you prefer, TO THE LISTSERV ADDRESS, i.e., listserv@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

 

set mediber mail ack

This will restore your mediber mail service in such a way that messages you send to the list will be copied back to you.

 

set mediber mail noack

This will restore your mediber mail service in such a way that messages you send to the list will NOT be copied back to you.

BE SURE TO INCLUDE ALL FOUR PARTS OF THE COMMAND.

THESE SAME COMMANDS CAN BE USED TO CHANGE YOUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATUS (ACK OR NOACK) AT ANY TIME.

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VIII. MEDIBER ARCHIVES

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A. How to get an index of files in the Mediber Archives

To get an index of files stored in the Mediber Archives, send the following command as the text of a regular email message, using whatever email program you prefer, TO THE LISTSERV ADDRESS, i.e., listserv@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

 

index mediber

The index will look like this (this index retrieved 7/15/94):

Archive: mediber (path: mediber) -- Files:

 

nov-93 (1 part, 12255 bytes) -- Collected messages for November '93

oct-93 (1 part, 140689 bytes) -- Collected messages for October '93

sep-93 (1 part, 66250 bytes) -- Collected messages for September '93

aug-93 (1 part, 14468 bytes) -- Collected messages for August '93

jul-93 (1 part, 23979 bytes) -- Collected messages for July '93

dec-93 (1 part, 28113 bytes) -- Collected messages for December '93

jan-94 (1 part, 59900 bytes) -- Collected messages for January '94

feb-94 (1 part, 60920 bytes) -- Collected messages for February '94

mar-94 (5 parts, 65523, 65525, 65490, 65529, 16877 bytes) -- Collected messages for March '94

File names precede the part and size information: nov-93, jul-93

See "How to Retrieve the Files You Want from the Archives" below for information on retrieving specific files

 

B. HOW TO SEARCH THE MEDIBER ARCHIVES FOR A SPECIFIC TERM OR TERMS

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To search the archives for messages which include a specific term send the following command as the text of a regular email message, using whatever email program you prefer, TO THE LISTSERV ADDRESS, i.e., listserv@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

 

search mediber

For substitute the term you wish to search for (no brackets). For example, the following search statement:

 

search mediber facsimiles

retrieved the following matches:

 

Matches for pattern facsimiles ...

 

--- Archive: mediber (path: mediber)

 

>>> File oct-93:

of his facsimiles of incunable editions.

> facsimiles of all kinds; Schiller, Aurenhammer, Art Index (also

 

<<< End of matches in file oct-93

 

>>> File mar-94, part 2:

 

[and facsimiles of manuscripts and early printed books] into the hands

 

<<< End of matches in file mar-94

 

>>> File mar-94, part 4:

 

> images out of the facsimiles on Admyte 1. We found the package indistinguishable from print facsimiles.

 

<<< End of matches in file mar-94

You may then retrieve the files you wish from the archives using the "Get" command (See "How to retrieve the files you want from the archives" below).

More complex searches are possible. Retrieve the help file on searches FROM THE LISTSERV ADDRESS for further details (see "How to get Help for Listserv Commands" above).

 

C. HOW TO RETRIEVE THE FILES YOU WANT FROM THE ARCHIVES

To retrieve a file from the archive, send the following command as the text of a regular email message, using whatever email program you prefer, TO THE LISTSERV ADDRESS, i.e., listserv@listserv.acns.nwu.edu

 

get mediber [parts]

Thus, to obtain the file oct-93, you would send the following command:

 

get mediber oct-93

If certain parts are specified, then only these parts (if they exist) will be sent. The parts are specified as numbers separated by spaces. You may not specify ranges of parts (e.g. 1-3). Thus, to obtain part 4 of the mar-94 file, you would send the following command:

 

get mediber mar-94 4

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IX. MEDIBER'S MEDIEVAL.IBERIA FTP SITE

Mediber also maintains an anonymous ftp site for materials relating to Medieval Iberia: bibliographies, articles, electronic texts, etc. There are presently several ways to access this site.

A. Access via FTP

Use the ftp program mounted on your mail server or ftp client software of your choice to access the following ftp address:

 

ftp.acns.nwu.edu

For example, from your system prompt on the mail server, you would type the following command:

 

ftp ftp.acns.nwu.edu

When prompted for a username, type:

 

anonymous

When prompted for a password, type your email address

Once you are logged on to the site, change to the hispanic.studies directory:

 

cd pub/hispanic.studies

Issue the following command to get a long listing of files and subdirectories:

 

ls -l

You may use the cd command again to change to a subdirectory if you wish.

Unless the file you wish to retrieve is clearly marked as a "text" file (usually with the extension ".txt," or ".doc.", you should set the transfer type to "binary" ("I"). Issue the following command:

 

binary

To retrieve the file, issue the following command:

 

get

For substitute the name of the file (without brackets).

You will receive a message from the ftp server when the transfer is complete. To exit from the ftp connection, type:

 

quit


John Dagenais
dagenais@humnet.ucla.edu
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
405 Hilgard Ave.
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532