LFS Mailing Lists
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Mailing List Description
- The lfs-announce list is a moderated list for those who want notification of new stable releases without the higher traffic of lfs-dev.
- The lfs-support list is the place to get help following the instructions in the stable release of LFS Book itself. If you are finished with the LFS book, please use blfs-support instead.
- The lfs-book list is used for coordinating the LFS Book's maintenance. Traffic on it is mostly Trac and SVN commit messages. It is important that all development discussion of interest to the Book's users take place on lfs-dev, not here.
- The lfs-dev list is for discussion of LFS Book development.
- The lfs-chat list is the place for community chatter. It's a place where anything goes, nothing is off-topic. You can discuss the price of beer or what hardware to buy. Even GNU versus BSD and Microsoft versus Linux flamewars are okay in lfs-chat.
- The lfs-security list is a low-traffic list meant for security alerts.
- The blfs-support list for the BLFS Book and beyond. It includes requests for help following the BLFS Book, requests for help with packages not (yet) in either the LFS Book or the BLFS Book, and other requests and discussion concerning software that might be installed on an LFS system. It does not include topics such as the price of beer, what hardware to buy, or GNU versus BSD or Microsoft versus Linux flamewars. These belong on lfs-chat, and since blfs-support is high traffic, please follow this rule strictly.
- The blfs-book list is used for coordinating the BLFS Book's maintenance. Traffic on it is mostly Trac and SVN commit messages. It is important that all development discussion of interest to the Book's users take place on blfs-dev, not here.
- The blfs-dev list is for discussion of BLFS Book development.
- The CLFS lists are detailed on the CLFS lists wiki page.
- The alfs-discuss list is for discussion of ALFS development.
- The alfs-log list is used for coordinating the ALFS Project maintenance. Traffic on it is mostly Trac and SVN commit messages. It is important that all development discussion of interest to the users of ALFS take place on alfs-discuss, not here.
- The hints list is for submission of hints or patches and updates to hints. This list is only for submission of hints, discussion related to hints should be on the appropriate support list, which is mostly blfs-support.
- The patches list is for submission of non-critical patches for various packages for LFS and BLFS. This list is only for submission of patches, discussion related to patches should be on the appropriate support or development list.
- The faq list is for FAQ submissions, or discussions related to the FAQ. It's also acceptable to CC this list when you answer a FAQ to inform the FAQ maintainer. Don't forget to read the entire FAQ before posting!
- The website list can be used to discuss the website, report broken links, submit content or a logo or anything else related to the website.
- The test-list can be used if you would like to check your mail setup or the availability of the server. It works exactly like the other lists and is thus suitable for testing. There is no need to send test-messages to any other list.
Every mailinglist is archived and can be browsed through online. The archives are always current. The links to the archives is available through each lists' information page.
Besides the current available lists, the archive also contains other mailinglists that used to exist but have been discontinued.
The archives are split by month. If you don't want to just browse but are actually looking for specific information, you'll be better off searching through the archives using the search engine, or download the mbox files of the archives onto your own computer and search through them that way.
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It is very important to note that the address for unsubscribing, is DIFFERENT from the address used to post to the list.
Every email sent out by the mailinglist software at linuxfromscratch.org
comes with a
List-Id: header. This header will always have the
value of the mailinglist the email came from. So this header for an email
to lfs-dev will look like
lfs-dev.linuxfromscratch.org and an email to blfs-support will look
We suggest you use this
List-Id: header to filter incoming
LFS mail to your mail folders. Here's an example for procmail:
* ^List-Id: .*<listname.linuxfromscratch.org>
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This setting can be configured via the online forms. Note that Mailman refers to this option as Mail delivery.