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Mailing lists

There are three Linux/MIPS-oriented mailing lists:

  • (formerly
This mailing list currently has the most traffic. It is especially of interest as a good number of active developers are subscribed to this list.

Posting to lists

  • HTML postings will automatically be dropped.
  • Keep in mind that you actually want people to read your postings, so invest a few extra minutes to make proper sentence. Remember what your teacher told you at school?
  • Read and absorb RFC 1855.
  • Don't top quote:
From:   Erik Mouw <>
Date:   Fri, 2 Jun 2006 15:40:09 +0200
To:     "Abu M. Muttalib" <>
Subject: Re: __alloc_pages: 0-order allocation failed (Jes Sorensen)
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?

A: No.
Q: Should I leave quotations after my reply?
  • Disable any ridiculous corporate legalese email footers. It's not only annoying but also ridiculous on public mailing lists and of dubious legal value, if any.

If email was a school subject your teachers would have told this.

Subscribing to linux-mips

The main linux-mips mailing list is run on infrastructure at You can subscribe by sending an email to with the body containing "subscribe linux-mips".

Subscribing to other lists

Subscription to these lists is handled via Ecartis (, just send an email with the words subscribe <list-name>. In order to unsubscribe, send unsubscribe linux-mips. Sending the word "help" will reveal further secrets about the advanced use of Ecartis. There's also a web-based interface to Ecartis.

To subscribe to linux-mips mailing list send an email to '' with a subject line that simply says "Subscribe linux-mips" - without the quotes. After sometime check your inbox and you would have got a response that essentially states:

          "Subscription confirmation ticket sent to user being subscribed."

Now the ticket would be a separate email and it would have a text like:

        # has requested that you be subscribed linux-mips mailing list.  
        # To subscribe, reply to this message, leaving the message body
        # intact, or send the following lines in e-mail to
        // job
              appsub linux-mips \ 4457CD62:2989.1:yekhkzvcf
        // eoj

In response to this, if you are using email clients like MS Outlook you would need to send an email to with the following message body (a simple reply to the original ticket may not work with MS Outlook):

        // job
        appsub linux-mips \ 4457CD62:2989.1:yekhkzvcf
        // eoj

Then you would get subscribed to the mailing list.

Note is using the Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN) TCP extension as described in RFC 3168. The bug is known for years yet still defective firewalls that are dropping TCP SYN packets with ECN bits set are in use. If you can reach yet don't receive any email from any of the mailing lists you may have this problem.

Since the majority of subscribers doesn't seem to like HTML email the list is configured to drop HTML email.

There are archives for these lists in UNIX mbox format and a searchable web archive. The web archive is re-indexed every few hours, so usually it's a good idea to try it first when searching for anything that might be archived on one of the lists. Archives are also maintained for a few historic mailing lists.

Privacy: will not use the subscriber list for any other purpose than operation of the mailing lists and in rare cases for other administrative purposes of Postings to the public mailing lists will be archived and possibly mirrored on other sites. If you don't like this don't post.

Verizon users

Verizon has begun blocking email from Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. According to the company, this is due to spam — even though the USA is the clear leader in global spam. Anyway, if you're a Verizon user, don't mail us about this problem. Because it is Verizon's fault, we don't do anything to workaround this problem, and frankly, we couldn't care less than about an ISP patronizing its customers this way.

Related articles can be found at:

Yahoo users

Spam is a reality on mailing lists. Unfortunately Yahoo frequently blocks the IP addresses of list servers. Well, the admin of doesn't care anymore. If your server blocks's email, your email address will automatically removed from the list like everybody else's. Get an mail service provider with a fucking clue.



#mipslinux on, port 6697 (TLS). For more information see the network's own page at and OFTC on Wikipedia.

Libera Chat

#mipslinux on, port 6697 (TLS). For more information see the network's own page at and Libera.Chat on Wikipedia.


The Linux/MIPS project had its IRC channel for many years on and its successor FreeNode until in in May 2021 when in what only can be described as political turmoil registration of many users were cancelled, users were unable to log on for days and channel registrations were cancelled or taken control of by Freenode turning the network inhospitable, even entirely unusable for a while. OFTC as well established, technology oriented IRC network was an obvious alternative. Leaving Freenode staff founded a new IRC network named Libera.Chat. On both these alternative networks a new #mipslinux channel was founded. In July 2021 the Freenode #mipslinux channel got re-registered so at least a channel topic could be set. By that time the three channels had roughly comparable user numbers. Then on 28 July 2021 FreeNode required SASL-authenticated logins. With most users already having left the network or not bothering to reregister their cancelled registration that again halved the number of users on #mipslinux which a week later finally became virtually empty. Concluding the network and #mipslinux there don't appear to have much of a future. For the time however the channel still does exist.

The #mipslinux on, port 6697 (TLS). For more information see the network's own page at and Freenode on Wikipedia.

See also

  • Git is the new SCM tool used in the Linux world