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The Erlang/OTP FAQ

The Erlang FAQ.
Frequently Asked Questions about all aspects of Erlang.

Mailing lists

The mailing lists are (links to searchable archives).

The main Erlang/OTP discussion list. This list is mirrored by the (searchable) Google Group Erlang Programming.
Post patches to Erlang/OTP here and get feedback from the developers and others.
Report bugs in Erlang/OTP here. Give so much information that the bug can be reproduced, and tell exactly which release and patchlevel it applies to. If you even have a patch, send it to erlang-patches instead.
If you only want to be notified of new releases, subscribe to this list. There is no need to subscribe to this list if you already subscribe to erlang-questions, announcements are sent to both lists. You can not post to this list - only moderators can.
Discussions regarding specific EEPs (Erlang Extension Proposals). See Enhancements


The forums.
If you prefer reading a forum, mirrors all our mailing lists, plus they have other forums of their own.

Mailing lists mini-HowTo

The mailing lists are currently ezmlm/idx mailing lists. They are old-fashioned email-only no-webinterface mailinglists. You give commands to the list management program through the destination address. Both subject and body may be empty.

To be able to post on one of these lists, you have to be subscribed to it. Make sure you post from the same address you subscribed from, where same address is quite pecky - it has to be the Envelope Address aka Return Path that is the same. There are also size limitations (currently max 128K) and restrictions on which strange MIME content types that are accepted.
  • Mail to <LIST-subscribe (at) erlang (dot) org>, where LIST is the name of the list.
  • You get a Confirmation Mail. Reply to it.
  • You get a Welcome Mail. You are now subscribed. Both in the Confirmation and the Welcome Mail there are instructions on how to handle your subscription, e.g how to get help:
Getting help
Mail to <LIST-help (at) erlang (dot) org>, and you will get a helpful mail, among other things (but you already knew this since it was in both the Confirmation and the Welcome Mail) telling you how to unsubscribe:
  • Mail to <LIST-unsubscribe (at) erlang (dot) org>.
  • You get a Confirmation Mail. Reply to it. You are now unsubscribed.
Commands in the subject
If your mail client does not like long and strange destination addresses you can write the command (the long and strange destination address) in the subject instead and send the mail to <LIST-request (at) erlang (dot) org> instead.
Digest subscribtion
A digest subscriber gets a digest containing new posts every day, approximately. Subscribe just like above but for the fake list LIST-digest instead. You can be subscribed to both the regular list and to the digest list, but why on earth?
No-mail subscribtion
If you read the list by other means and do not want to get mail from the list, or need an alternate address to post from (since only subscribers can post); subscribe just like above but to the fake list LIST-allow instead, i.e send mail to <LIST-allow-subscribe (at) erlang (dot) org>. As you perhaps might suspect you will not get the Welcome Mail. I regard it as a bug. The Confirmation Mail is a bit confusing. To unsubscribe this no-mail subscribtion you will have to mail to <LIST-allow-unsubscribe (at) erlang (dot) org> as expected, not as it says in the Confirmation Mail.
Contacting the list owner
Mail to <LIST-owner (at) erlang (dot) org>, and the mail goes to the (human) owner of LIST.
Last updated   2010-11-29 13:15 UTC