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EMDIR inquiry via Email

  Maria Dimou-Zacharova CN/CS

This information is also included in the new CERN Electronic Mail User Guide, available from UCO on paper and also online via XFIND and WWW.

You can send an email message to or with the names of the persons you are looking for (separated by semicolon (;) or carriage return), on the ``Subject:'' field and/or in the body of the message. You will receive a reply with the retrieved EMDIR entries that match exactly or (in case of no exact match) approximately your query. The service has the capability of searching for approximate matches (up to two mistakes) and accepts the use of two wildcards (``?'' for any one character and ``*'' for any number of characters). If just one string is entered, e.g. dupond, it will be treated as a surname. If you want to specify firstnames as well, the syntax firstname.surname should be used, e.g., herve.dupond. If you want to retrieve all entries of a certain firstname, you have to terminate it with a dot and leave a blank before the separator, e.g., herve. ;. The allowed separators within parts of the firstname(s) and/or surname(s) are the dot, hyphen, underscore, whitespace and single quote.

E.g. sending mail to with ``Subject: Alcibiades.'', and no message body, you will receive a message as follows:

From CERNDIR Tue Feb  8 15:57:25 1994
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 1994 15:57:24 +0100
Subject: Re: Your query to CERN DIRectory
Apparently-To: dimou

**** CERN DIRectory Lookup Mail Service ****
 The following records match exactly your
 requested query :  Alcibiades.
1. First name(s): ALCIBIADES  
   *****Last name(s): APOSTOLAKIS
   Cern phone number:6039  *****Beep number:
   Division:PPE/LR  *****  Office:20/R-030
   E-mail address: APOST@CERNVM.CERN.CH

Janne Saarela
Tue May 16 14:52:44 METDST 1995