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Linux-Kernel META-FAQ

Updated: June 18, 1996
Maintainer: Tom Dyas <>

This document provides information about the linux-kernel mailing list
that members of the list (espcially newcomers) may find extremely
helpful. The META-FAQ will be posted weekly to the mailing
list. Please send any updates or corrections to the maintainer at the
address listed above.

1. "How do I unsubscribe from"

Send email to from the account that
receives linux-kernel mail. The subject line does not matter. The body
of the message should contain the following line and nothing else:

unsubscribe linux-kernel

It may take vger a few days to process your unsubscribe request. Vger
is a Sun 4/280 and never has a load average below 4. In other words,
it is one stressed out little machine.

2. "I tried unsubscribing just like you said above, but it didn't

If the outgoing address that appears in your mail to does not match the address that vger sends
linux-kernel mail to, then the unsubscribe will fail. Send another
message to with the following line as the
body of the message:

unsubscribe linux-kernel email_address

Replace "email_address" with the exact address that vger sends mail
to. This type of unsubscribe request requires intervention from the
list owner. It may take a while especially since the list owner gets
flooded with 500 messages a day in bounces and other things.

3. "Where do I find patches and source code archives for the kernel?"

The following list only includes the major sites that mirror Linus'
site directly. Please leave the main site alone and always use a
mirror to save network bandwidth.


Mirrors (North America):

Mirrors (Europe):

4. "What is the latest stable version of the kernel?"

The latest stable version of the kernel is 2.0.0. It can be found in
v2.0/linux-2.0.tar.gz at any of the URLs listed in question #3.

5. "What is the latest development version of the kernel?"

Currently, no development version exists. Linus will not be starting
another development series of the kernel for at least a month. He has
encouraged everyone including developers to try out 2.0.0 so any bugs
can be found.

6. "I upgraded my kernel and after I rebooted, some things were
broken! What will I ever do?"

Congratulations! You have become a Kernel Victim (TM). :) Seriously,
many userland utilities have been broken by changes in the kernel. You
will need to upgrade to the most recent version of the affected

Read Documentation/Changes in the kernel source tree for an overview
of some problems that you may encounter and a list of the latest
userland packages that you will need. The following sites also provide
useful information (more sites welcome):

- Software Victims of the 1.3 Kernel Development

7. "I hate all this mail! Is available
anywhere else other than as a mailing list?"

Yes. You can read linux-kernel as the newsgroup Posts to the newsgroup will be seen by people on the
mailing list and vice versa.

There are also many WWW sites that provide online message
digests. URLs for this META-FAQ are welcome.

8. "Does support message digests?"

Message digests are not currently working on vger and probably won't
be for the forseeable future. It takes too much processing time to
create the digests. This is CPU time that vger does not have to
spare. Please use the resources listed in question #7 in the place of
mailed message digests.

9. "Are there any specific guidelines or policy regarding topics that
can be discussed?"

The only guideline is that a message should concern a topic that is
remotely concerned with the Linux kernel and/or its development. You
may find that some of the other vger lists provide more focused
coverage of particular topics and less traffic overall.

This should not have to be said, but it must. Flames and other
insulting messages are explicitly forbidden. Differences of opinion
are fine, but threads should not turn into shouting matches. Please
always be polite in any message you send. Not everyone on linux-kernel
is at the same level of technical expertise.

The sole authority that determines what messages violate this
guideline is the list owner. If you receive a "stop thread" message,
please cease to post messages on that specific topic. These "stop"
messages will only come if a thread has really become heated. Multiple
violations may result in an unsubscribe from the list.

10. "I would like to complain about and the linux
lists in general. Is anybody going to listen to me?"

The linux lists at are a free service to the Linux
and Internet communities. You use them at your own risk. All of the
list maintainers are volunteers. If you are polite, we will try to
help you as best we can given our finite amount of time. If not, then
everything will go down /dev/null.

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