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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.

Due to the conversion of the kernel SCM from CVS to git the and no longer receive postings. The lists will stay archives in the HTML archive and the plan is to convert them to a future linux-git and linux-git-patches mailing lists that will receive the same kind of notifications but for git commits.

  • - a mailing list for discussing "NUBI", the new MIPS ABI proposed by MIPS Technologies. Despite the domain name of the address, use of NUBI is not intended to be restricted to building Linux kernels and applications.


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.

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

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.

Related articles can be found at:


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

Weekly Snapshots

Snapshots of "linux" are available at (user mips without password).

The snapshot service on has been discontinued. The snapshot service was provided, primarily for those who were working from behind firewalls which blocked CVS. Git however, runs via HTTP (i.e. if you're reading this, then you can use Git) or RSYNC, and so makes my mirror redundant. It is therefore recommended people use Git to download kernels.

See also

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