LFS Mailing Lists

Preamble

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Mailing List Description

lfs-announce
The lfs-announce list is a moderated, low traffic list for those who want notification of new stable releases without the higher traffic of lfs-dev.
lfs-book
The lfs-book list is used for coordinating the LFS Book's maintenance. Traffic on it is mostly Trac and Git commit messages. It is important that all development discussion of interest to the Book's users take place on lfs-dev, not here. This is a moderated list.
lfs-dev
The lfs-dev list is for discussion of LFS Book development.
lfs-support
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-admin list is a moderated list used for coordinating hints, patches, and the website. Traffic on it is mostly Trac and Git commit messages.
blfs-book
The blfs-book list is used for coordinating the BLFS Book's maintenance. Traffic on it is mostly Trac and Git commit messages. It is important that all development discussion of interest to the Book's users take place on blfs-dev, not here. This is a moderated list.
blfs-dev
The blfs-dev list is for discussion of BLFS Book development.
blfs-support
The blfs-support list is 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. This list is relatively high traffic.
alfs-discuss
The alfs-discuss list is for discussion of ALFS development.

Archives

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' Archive page.

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 list archive search function.

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