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Mailing lists

There are three Linux/MIPS-oriented mailing lists:


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.


This is an announcement only mailing list to which a message for every CVS commit into's, CVS archive of the Linux/MIPS community, is being sent. This allows following the development as it happens.


This is an announcement only mailing list. The content is the same as on linux-cvs except that emails contain the full patch commited into CVS. If you subscribe to this list be prepared to receive huge emails of upto 30MB and beyond. Most people are better of by reading patches in the HTML archive.

Subscription to this 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.

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.

The majority of subscribers doesn't seem to like HTML email, so please disable HTML for postings.

There are archives for these two 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

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

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There is an IRC channel named #mipslinux for Linux/MIPS which may be found on

Anonymous CVS

For those who always want to stay on the bleeding edge, and want to avoid having to download patch files or full tarballs, we also have an anonymous CVS server. Using CVS, you can checkout the Linux/MIPS source tree with the following commands where you insert linux, libc, gdb or faq for <repository>.

    cvs -d login
    (Only needed the first time you use anonymous CVS, the password is "cvs")
    cvs -d co <repository>

The "linux" repository contains a linux_2_2, linux_2_4 branch and Linux 2.6 on the trunk.

There is a mailing list for information on what gets committed to this repository.

There is also the "malta/linux" repository which is a special tree especially tuned for stability on Malta. It's usually quite far behind the main linux repository and is being phased out in favor for full-blown Malta support in the main linux CVS tree. To checkout a stable 2.4 kernel use the tag MaltaRef_2_4 and for 2.6 MaltaRef_2_6.

More on a historical note, there also is a linux-2.0 repository. The CVS Linux 2.0 version is a backport of the massive MIPS improvments during the 2.1 series which was created for Cobalt when it became clear that 2.2 would not be released in time to ship with the Cobalt products. Thus it only supports the Cobalt Cube.


Via cvsweb, you have direct access to the new Linux/MIPS kernel sources, and a few other projects hosted in the same CVS archive. The intuitive interface allows you to follow the development at the click of your mouse.


XCVS runs nightly and generates patches for CVS commits made in the previous day. You can search patches through a variety of searching criteria. Click here to explore.

CVS over Rsync

The CVS repository can also be fetched using rsync:

    rsync -avz --progress --stats rsync:// /local/directory
    rsync -avz --progress --stats rsync:// /local/directory

You can then check it out using:

    cvs -d/local/directory co linux  (optionally, throw in -r linux_X_Y_Z for a specific branch)

Weekly Snapshots

There are some snapshots of Linux/MIPS CVS ('linux' module only) available here. (Note, this is hosted on 512/128kBit ADSL -- so go easy :-)

There are another snapshots of "linux" at mips password any).