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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 the log message and the diffstat output for every GIT commit into's, GIT repository, 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-git except that emails contain the full patch commited into GIT also. If you subscribe to this list be prepared to receive huge emails. Most people will probably prefer reading the HTML archive instead.
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.
These two mailing lists were renamed into rsp., see above.

Posting to lists

  • Keep in mind that you actually want people 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.


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 subsribed 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

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

See also

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