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- 1. Introduction
- 2. List Netiquette
- 3. Accessing the lists
- 4. Forums
This page describes how to use the LyX mailing lists. They are administered by Máté Wierdl on his servers (on the network of The University of Memphis, which gracefully agreed to host this service).
Note: As of 14 September 2016, the GMANE archives are being rebuilt following a transfer of ownership. Access to the LyX mailing lists will be spotty until reconstruction is complete.
The list names with short description are given below, along with the corresponding online archives:
This list is for questions on how to get LyX working and how to use LyX. Before asking your question, be sure to search the mailing list archives to see if your question has been answered before (this is probably the fastest way to get an answer).
The list is archived at mail-archive.com, GMANE, MARC, and in an
old archive. Three lists of the same kind exist for French (
lyx-fr), Japanese (
lyx-jp), and Spanish (
This list is intended for the discussion of subjects relevant to the implementation, planning, hacking and improvements of LyX. This means that bug reports should be sent here, but please check the LyX bug tracker to see if the bug has already been reported. Also, if you are a LyX user and have enjoyed using LyX for some purpose, it would be nice of you to email the developers to let us know. The list is archived at mail-archive.com, GMANE, and MARC. Be warned, GMANE ignores some of lyx-devel traffic due to filtering all threads starting with Re: subject, which is quite usual reaction to some commits.
This list is intended for announcements concerning LyX, in particular new stable versions. You should not send mail to this list. Here is the announcement list archive.
If you attempt to send e.g. a .zip-file to the lists, you will likely see an error message like this:
SMTP error from remote server for TEXT command, host: thales.memphis.edu (184.108.40.206) reason: 554 This message contains prohibited content
As .zip-files can contain anything, they are prohibited by default and thus you get the error message above.
If you are posting your mails to lists, please don't break the usual list netiquette. The most common mistakes are:
- Top posting (instead, please place your reply after the text to which you are replying).
- Hijacking threads (do not use 'Reply' in case you are composing a completely new mail unrelated to the message you used for 'Reply').
- Quoting irrelevant parts of the previous mail in your reply.
- Forgetting to add LyX version and OS platform (Linux/Windows/Mac) in case of reporting some problem you have.
If you don't understand the points above or do not understand the purpose of these rules please read this page.
If you prefer a forum-like web based interface you can access the lists via GMANE. The messages can be shown in two forms:
- with frames and threads, like LyX users' list or LyX developers' list
- in a blog-like flat interface, like LyX users' list or LyX developers' list
For those who prefer using a newsreader, the GMANE mail/news gateway hosts bi-directional NNTP versions of the LyX mailing lists. Set your news server to news.gmane.org (port 119) and subscribe to any of the groups within gmane.editors.lyx.*
Primary access method is by using lists.lyx.org mailing server. You can either send e-mails to appropriate addresses or subscribe to start receiving list messages.
How the mailing lists work
All of the LyX mailing lists use the same software. The most common
thing you'll do is mail the list, which sends mail to everyone on
the mailing list. But to subscribe, unsubscribe, or do other
interesting things, you'll interact with the daemon (program) that
runs the mailing list. You do this by writing email messages to
various addresses, all of which end with
The exact email address you write to tells the daemon what you want to do.
The daemon will ignore anything you put in the subject or body of
the message; in fact, the message can be completely empty.
One particularly useful command will send you a help message. The help message will tell you how to do more complicated things, like getting an index (table of contents) of messages, retrieving one or more old messages, or contacting the (human) owner of the mailing list because the program doesn't seem to be working. (Please do not contact the mailing list owner with questions about LyX. For that, just write to the mailing list.)
Communication with the server @ lists.lyx.org
General users' list:
To ask a question about LyX, simply email the question to the members of the list at email@example.com. You do not need to be a subscriber to send a question to the list. For other mailing list functions, send an empty mail message to:
- firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe
- email@example.com to unsubscribe
- firstname.lastname@example.org for a help message
Besides the English
lyx-users list, there are non-English users' lists listed below. Subscribing to these lists is done the same way as for the English list:
lyx-fr (French users' list)
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
lyx-jp (Japanese users' list)
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
lyx-es (Spanish users' list)
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
To contribute to the mailing list, mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For other mailing list functions, send an empty message to:
- email@example.com to subscribe
- firstname.lastname@example.org to unsubscribe
- email@example.com for a help message
- firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe
- email@example.com to unsubscribe
- firstname.lastname@example.org for a help message
Documentation team list:
To contribute to the mailing list, mail to email@example.com . For other mailing list functions, send an empty message to:
- firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe
- email@example.com to unsubscribe
- firstname.lastname@example.org for a help message
- email@example.com to subscribe
- firstname.lastname@example.org to unsubscribe
- email@example.com for a help message
If you feel like you're getting messages too often, you might prefer to receive digests instead. A digest is sent out with about 30 messages in it, as well as an index of the messages grouped by subject. This will take up the same amount of memory in your mailbox, of course, but will arrive with much lower frequency. You can't post directly to digest lists, and they aren't archived.
Users' list digest
Send an empty mail message to:
- firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe
- email@example.com to unsubscribe
- firstname.lastname@example.org for a help message
Developers' list digest
Send an empty mail message to:
- email@example.com to subscribe
- firstname.lastname@example.org to unsubscribe
- email@example.com for a help message
Subscribing with different addresses
By default, when you subscribe, the daemon will send your mail to
the address that you sent your subscription message from.
However, the mailing list daemon may sometimes think that your
address isn't exactly what you think it is. You may avoid this
confusion by telling the daemon your address explicitly.
Do this by adding your address to the
you're mailing to, replacing the '@' with '='. For example,
if you want the mail from the users' list sent to your address
then subscribe by mailing an empty message to
Or unsubscribe that address by mailing to
Make sure that mail to the address you put in your (un)subscription request will actually get to you. The mailing list daemon will mail that address for a confirmation.
I'm still confused
If you send mail to the "help" address for a given list, you'll get
a help message in return. But if (un)subscribing, or something else,
is just not working, you can mail the human owner of the list.
For example, the human owner of the users' list is at at
I can't unsubscribe
In every message you get from the LyX mailing lists, there will be a line in the message header that looks like this:
This will remind you how to unsubscribe, so that you don't have to mail the mailing list asking how to do so.
In addition to the official mailing lists where LyX developers can be reached, there are independent LyX related web forums at different places: