MinGW offers several mailing lists open for discussion on feedback, bug reports, and user help. Searchable on-line archives of the mailing lists also provide a very useful resource. Please subscribe to the mailing-lists before submitting a post; to avoid SPAM, anonymous mails are filtered. By subscribing, you can be sure your post will get through. Please read the Etiquette before posting; failure to respect it may reduce your chances of receiving a useful reply or may cause your account to become moderated.
Available Mailing Lists
- MinGW-users: This is the general mailing list for MinGW users. Archives of this list are available on gmane: gmane.comp.gnu.mingw.user. Please search the archives before posting as many common questions have already been answered.
- MinGW-msys: This is the general mailing list for MSYS users. NOTICE: This list is now deprecated; further postings and/or subscription requests will be refused. It is recommended that all new queries be directed to the MinGW-users list, instead of using deprecated lists. Do note however, that archives of this list are available on gmane: gmane.comp.gnu.mingw.msys; please search them before posting, as many common questions have already been answered.
- MinGW-dvlpr: This is a private mailing list for MinGW developers. Archives of previous discussions are available on gmane: gmane.comp.gnu.mingw.devel.
- MinGW-cvs: This is a notification list for cvs changes. Archives are available at SourceForge: mingw-cvs archives.
- MinGW-notify: This is a notification list for sourceforge.net control changes. Archives are available on gmane: gmane.comp.gnu.mingw.announce so you can know what happened to a bug report or a patch, etc.
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Historical information on netiquette may be found in RFC-1855.