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- 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 question have already been answered.
- MinGW-msys: This is the general mailing list for MSYS users. NOTICE: It is now recommended that all information be directed toward mingw-users list instead of using different lists. However; archives of this list are available on gmane: gmane.comp.gnu.mingw.msys. Please search the archives before posting as many common question 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.