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How to Post to a Fink Mailing List

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.


1 What to do Before You Post

1.1 Research your question.

You should do a little research before you post, in case your question has been answered before. Examples of places to check are:

2 Initial Post

2.1 What do you have installed?

If you are having a problem installing a package, you should provide the following information about your system:

2.2 What's Going Wrong?

2.3 What have you tried?

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.

2.4 What will you try next?

A couple of items come under this category:

3 Replying to Posts

This chapter covers what to do when replying to posts.

3.1 Make Sure to Reply to the List

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).

4 How to Unsubscribe from the Lists

4.1 How do I unsubscribe?

To unsubscribe, don't send a message to the list.

  1. Go to the Mailing Lists page.

    Note: don't use the MacOSX version Internet Explorer.

  2. Select the link for the list from which you wish to unsubscribe.
  3. Go to the bottom of the page where it says: 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 Edit Options button.
  4. On the page that opens up next, there's a field in the upper left where you can unsubscribe.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (c) 2001 Christoph Pfisterer, Copyright (c) 2001-2020 The Fink Project. You may distribute this document in print for private purposes, provided the document and this copyright notice remain complete and unmodified. Any commercial reproduction and any online publication requires the explicit consent of the author.

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