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This document is under construction.
This document is intended to be a guideline for new posters to a Fink mailing list. The idea is to educate users of the lists on how to post effectively, in order to promote efficient solutions to problems.
You may have been referred to a page on this list in a reply to a post. Don't take offense! What has most likely happened is that you need to provide more information to clarify the cause of your problem, and what you need to provide is listed here.
You should do a little research before you post, in case your question has been answered before. Examples of places to check are:
If you are having a problem installing a package, you should provide the following information about your system:
fink --versionin a terminal window.
If the latter, you should also indicate what version of the Developer Tools you are using.
If you are installing a package that requires X11, you should specify what you are using: Apple's X11 or XFree86. If the latter, specify its version.
If in doubt, go ahead and provide this information.
This should be in the subject line of your message.
This means that if you are having problems with foo-3.141-6, don't just report a problem with foo.
In particular, if you are installing a package (e.g. baz-2.18-1) that depends on other packages, (foo-3.141-6, bar-16.0-9, ...) , and you are having problems with foo, you should report a problem with foo-3.141-6, not with baz-2.18-1.
This means that you should post a sample of an error message.
... Selecting previously deselected package foo error unpacking foo ...and go on until the end.
.... Checking for bar-config...no Error: bar-config not found ....
If you think it might help, then you can post the relevant section of the configuration log file, e.g. /sw/src/foo-3.141-6/foo-3.141/config.log. Please don't post the whole file, since it can be large.
... gcc <flags, files etc.> <error messages> ...
It's a good idea to mention what you've tried, e.g.
That way, people won't start by suggesting things that you've already done.
A couple of items come under this category:
This chapter covers what to do when replying to posts.
Unlike some other mailing lists to which you may be subscribed, the Fink lists are set up such that if you simply reply to a message, you will reply to the person who posted it, but not to the list. Please make sure that you reply to the list:
Frequently people will use
Reply to All to accomplish this:
However, if you do this, you may want to trim out any extra recipients (from crossposts, or other people who have replied on this thread).
To unsubscribe, don't send a message to the list.
Note: don't use the MacOSX version Internet Explorer.
To change your subscription (set options like digest and delivery modes, get a reminder of your password, or unsubscribe), enter your subscription email address:, and enter the email address where you are receiving the Fink mail, then click the
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