Mailing lists are crucial to the operation of the Apache Software Foundation. The Foundation, as well as each of the Apache Projects , uses mailing lists to coordinate development of the software and administration of the organization. Mailing lists also serve as a primary support channel where users can help each other learn to use the software.
Participants are expected to abide by the well-established rules of "netiquette", coupled with the supportive nature of the Apache Way. Some mailing lists are not public. Be sure not to take such private discussions into a public forum unless there is agreement of all parties.
Subscribing and Unsubscribing
Unless otherwise noted, these lists are managed by ezmlm , which means that if you want to subscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org then you need to send a message to
To get off a list, send a message to
To unsubscribe a different e-mail - e.g. you used to be subscribed as email@example.com - send a message to
[The list moderators can also do this.]
If you do not recall the address you are subscribed as, view the full headers
of any email you received from the list and examine the
List-Id headers; these should embed both the address you are
subscribed as and the address of the mailing list.
Note: Spam filters don't like messages with empty Subjects; just use e.g. "subscribe" or "unsubscribe". Spam filters are also more likely to reject HTML-formatted messages; please use plain text.
After you send the subscribe or unsubscribe request, the list manager will send you a confirmation e-mail in reply. You must reply to this e-mail to complete the process. If you have not received the confirmation request, check that it has not been marked as spam.
Note: private lists generally require a moderator to confirm the subscription. This may take a day or two. If necessary, try again after a few days. For this reason it's recommended to use the self-subscribe app instead; that avoids needing to wait for the human moderators to check and green-light your subscription request.
To find out more about a list's features, including how to contact the list owner (moderator), send a message to
Ezmlm lists also generally provide subscribers with a means of requesting specific past messages or ranges of messages; send mail to the list's help address to find out more. This can act as a sort of 'poor man's archive' if the normal archives are inaccessible or don't exist.
Most mailing lists can also be subscribed to in digest form, if you want to subscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org in digest form then you need to send a message to
To get off a digest list, send a message to
If you need to unsubscribe a different email or get help with a digest list the same instructions as for subscribing/unsubscribing above apply you simply need to remember to add -digest after the list name and before the -subscribe or -unsubscribe
Each mailing list generally has several moderators who look after the list. For further information, please see the Committers FAQ - Mail Questions
Mailing List Archives
Archives for public mailing lists are available at a number of locations, including:
Foundation Mailing Lists
Project Mailing Lists
Links to project-specific mailing list info can be found on the project resources page.
Apache News and Announcements
The Apache Announcements list contains news and announcements about the foundation and its projects. Announcements of major software releases, new projects, and other important news are included. Messages are posted only by the Foundation; there is no discussion.
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|Getting help with the list:||email@example.com|
Apache Conference Announcements
announce@ApacheCon.Com mailing list is used by the ASF conference
planning committee to make announcements about conferences, conventions,
and tradeshows in which the Foundation is participating. Messages are
posted only by the Foundation; there is no discussion.
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Apache Conference Planning and Discussions
firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list is used for discussions on the future of ApacheCon, and future
ApacheCons. (Discussions for current and upcoming ApacheCons which have been approved occur on other lists)
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firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list is used for discussions on future small events, such as
BarCampApaches, Meetups, Retreats and Hackathons. It is used for discussing and planning small events that are
not yet ready to seek final approval
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Community Mailing List
firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list is used by the participants in the
Apache Software Foundation to discuss community-related foundation-wide
topics. Participation in this list is open to everyone, and public archives
This replaces the old
email@example.com list, disabled in 2014.
Foundation Infrastructure Mailing List
firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list is used by the Foundation's
infrastructure team to discuss issues concerning the operation of the
overall Apache Software Foundation systems. Participation in this list is
only available to committers of the Apache Software Foundation.
Non-committers may send mail to this address to report problems with ASF
systems, however see the notes about system status before
you do. See also more information about other infra
Foundation Legal Discussion Mailing List
email@example.com is a forum for questions (even FAQs) that
have a legal aspect to them. These questions may concern (for example)
licensing, third party packages, contributor agreement questions and
trademark issues. This list will build into an ad-hoc knowledge base about
those thorny legal issues that most commonly effect Apache projects. Please
keep speculation to a minimum and avoid making authoritative statements
without genuine knowledge of the subject.
Volunteers willing to codify discussions into a FAQ will be welcomed.
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