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Mailing Lists

The Gentoo free software project has a number of public mailing lists, covering a variety of Gentoo-related subjects. Our mailing lists are powered by mlmmj and provides List-Id: mail headers and [listname] subject prefixes to comply with modern mailing list manager standards and conventions.

One interacts with mlmmj via email. To subscribe to a list, send an empty email to:

[email protected]

Note: Replace 'listname' with the actual name of the list that you want to subscribe to, e.g.: [email protected] to subscribe to the gentoo-user mailing list.

Once subscribed to the list, you can post to it by sending an email to:

[email protected]

To unsubscribe from a list, send an empty email to:

[email protected]

All of our lists also have a corresponding digest list. Digest lists will mail a single email to you every couple of days, rather than individual emails for each post. Send an empty email to the following addresses to subscribe and unsubscribe from mailing lists respectively:

[email protected]
[email protected]

Some users may want to post to the list, but not actually receive mail from it (such as those who read lists via an alternate method, such as gmane). These users may subscribe to the "nomail" option of each list:

[email protected]
[email protected]

You can learn more about the capabilities of mlmmj by sending an empty mail to the following address:

[email protected]

You can also learn more about the Gentoo mailing list system by reading the short Gentoo mailing list FAQ that appears later in this document.

Primary Gentoo Mailing Lists

List name Description
gentoo-user General Gentoo user support and discussion mailing list
gentoo-announce General Gentoo announcements list (new releases, security fixes)
gentoo-dev General Gentoo developer discussion mailing list
gentoo-dev-announce Gentoo development-specific announcements list
gentoo-project For the discussion of non-technical matters in Gentoo
gentoo-security For the discussion of security issues and fixes
gentoo-gwn Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
gentoo-doc For documentation contributions, suggestions, improvements and translations
gentoo-doc-cvs Subscribe to this list if you want to be notified on changes regarding our documentation
gentoo-commits Subscribe to this list if you want to be notified on changes in the CVS and SVN trees. This is a high-traffic read-only list!
gentoo-translators For discussion of document translation issues
gentoo-ppc-user For Gentoo Linux/PowerPC user support and discussion
gentoo-ppc-dev For Gentoo Linux/PowerPC developer discussion
gentoo-alpha For Gentoo Linux/Alpha user support and discussion
gentoo-amd64 For Gentoo Linux/AMD64 user support and discussion
gentoo-arm Discussions about running Gentoo on the ARM architecture
gentoo-hppa Discussions about running Gentoo on the HPPA architecture
gentoo-ia64 For Gentoo Linux/ia64 user support and discussion
gentoo-mips Discussions about running Gentoo on the MIPS architecture
gentoo-sparc For Gentoo Linux/Sparc user support and discussion
gentoo-bsd Discussion about Gentoo/BSD
gentoo-xbox Discussion about Gentoo for Xbox
gentoo-cygwin For Gentoo cygwin user support and discussion
gentoo-alt Discussion about the Gentoo on Alternate Platforms Project
gentoo-kernel Release announcements for gentoo-sources, vesafb-tng, fbsplash and discussion
gentoo-laptop Discussion on powersaving, pcmcia and other laptop-related stuff
gentoo-desktop Mailing list devoted to Gentoo on the desktop
gentoo-desktop-research Discussions about improving the Gentoo desktop experience
gentoo-performance Discussions about improving the performance of Gentoo
gentoo-hardened For a security hardened version of Gentoo
gentoo-portage-dev Portage Internals and Portage Interface Development Discussion
gentoo-catalyst Mailinglist dedicated to catalyst
gentoo-server Discussions about Gentoo in production environments
gentoo-admin Discussion about Gentoo Linux administration issues
gentoo-cluster Discussions about Gentoo in clustered environments
gentoo-web-user Discussion of web configuration and administration related to Gentoo's web tools
gentoo-embedded For Gentoo Linux/embedded user and developer discussion
gentoo-releng Mailinglist for the Gentoo release management team
gentoo-pr Mailinglist for all Gentoo public-relation discussion
gentoo-qa Discussions about QA and its improvement within Gentoo
gentoo-devrel Gentoo Developer Relations mailing list
gentoo-userrel Gentoo User Relations mailing list
gentoo-council Gentoo Council mailing list
gentoo-mirrors Announcements and discussion among Gentoo mirror admins and developers regarding releases and other issues
gentoo-dev-lang Discussion of programming language support and related issues in Gentoo
gentoo-perl Discussion of perl on Gentoo
gentoo-java Discussion about Java on Gentoo
gentoo-science Discussion on science-related applications and integration in Gentoo
gentoo-media Discussion about Gentoo media packages
gentoo-gnustep Discussion about GNUstep on Gentoo
gentoo-installer Discussion about the Gentoo Linux Installer Project
gentoo-accessibility Discussion about the Gentoo Accessibility Project
gentoo-scire Discussion about the Systems Configuration, Installation and Replication Environment Project
gentoo-uk Discussion within United Kingdom developers and UK based events organisation
gentoo-au Discussion within Australian developers and local events organisation
gentoo-forum-translations Gentoo Forums translations list
gentoo-soc Discussion on Gentoo activities related to Google's Summer of Code
gentoo-devconference Discussion on Gentoo Developer Conference
gentoo-nx Discussion about NX on Gentoo
gentoo-lisp Discussion about Lisp on Gentoo
gentoo-vdr Discussion about VDR on Gentoo
gentoo-nfp The Gentoo NFP/Trustees Mailing list

Non-English Mailing Lists

List name Description
gentoo-user-de deutschsprachige Gentoo User Diskussionsliste
gentoo-user-br Brazilian Gentoo User Mailing List
gentoo-user-es Lista para la ayuda y discusion de usuarios hispano-hablantes de Gentoo
gentoo-user-fr French Gentoo User Mailing List
gentoo-user-hu Hungarian Gentoo User Mailing List
gentoo-user-id Indonesian Gentoo User Mailing List
gentoo-user-kr Korean Gentoo User Mailing List
gentoo-user-pl Polish Gentoo User Mailing List
gentoo-user-cs Czech and Slovak Gentoo User Mailing List
gentoo-user-ru Russian Gentoo User Mailing List
gentoo-gwn-de German Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
gentoo-gwn-es Spanish Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
gentoo-gwn-fr French Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
gentoo-gwn-nl Dutch Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
gentoo-gwn-pl Polish Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
gentoo-doc-de German Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-doc-el Greek Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-doc-es Lista de correo dedicada a la traduccion y creacion de documentacion en Espanol de Gentoo
gentoo-doc-fi Finnish Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-doc-fr French Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-doc-hu Hungarian Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-doc-id Indonesian Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-docs-it Italian Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-doc-lt Lithuanian Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-doc-nl Dutch Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-doc-pl Polish Gentoo Documentation Translation List
gentoo-doc-ru Russian Gentoo Documentation Translation List

Other Mailing Lists

List name Description
libconf For the discussion of libconf development
bug-wranglers Special-purpose list for the Gentoo Bug Wranglers. This mailing list is by invite only. If you are interested in joining, simply get active on bugzilla and help our existing members wrangle bugs. You'll get noticed and invited to be a bug-wrangler in due course.
www-redesign Dedicated to the development of the new Gentoo website


Gentoo mailing list archives are collected on

The following sites also host archives of most of the mailing lists.
MARC: Mailing list ARChives

Mailing List Mini-FAQ

I subscribed to a list using my home email address, but I can't post to the list from work. What do I do to fix this?

To reduce spam, all of our lists are configured to only allow posts from official subscriber email addresses. Fortunately, mlmmj supports "nomail" subscriptions, allowing you to register alternate email addresses that can be used only for posting to the list. Here's an example of how this works. Let's say you subscribed to the gentoo-dev list as [email protected], but you'd also like to post to the list using your [email protected] email address. To do this, send a message (as [email protected]) to [email protected] You should then be allowed to post to gentoo-dev using both your home and work email addresses.

I want to switch from regular delivery to digest delivery. How do I do this?

Unsubscribe from the normal list and then subscribe to the digest list. For list listname, this would be done by sending empty emails to the following two addresses:

[email protected]
[email protected]

How do I use procmail to filter Gentoo mailing list messages?

To filter incoming mail arriving from list listname, use the following procmail recipe:

Code ListingĀ 1.1: Sample procmail recipe

* ^List-Id:.*listname\.gentoo\.org

This is identical to how you'd filter incoming Mailman mailing list manager emails.

Updated August 17, 2007

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