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9.1 Standard Mailing Lists

Once a program is in use, you will get bug reports for it. Most GNU programs have their own special lists for sending bug reports. The advertised bug-reporting email address should always be ‘’, to help show users that the program is a GNU package, but it is ok to set up that list to forward to another site if you prefer.

We also have a catch-all list,, which is used for all GNU programs that don’t have their own specific lists. But nowadays we want to give each program its own bug-reporting list and move away from using bug-gnu-utils.

See Replying to Mail, for more about handling and tracking bug reports.

Some GNU programs with many users have another mailing list, ‘’, for people to ask other users for help. If your program has many users, you should create such a list for it. For a fairly new program, which doesn’t have a large user base yet, it is better not to bother with this.

If you wish, you can also have a mailing list ‘’ for announcements (see Announcements). Any other mailing lists you find useful can also be created.

The package distribution should state the name of all the package’s mailing lists in a prominent place, and ask users to help us by reporting bugs appropriately. The top-level README file and/or AUTHORS file are good places. Mailing list information should also be included in the manual and the package web pages (see Web Pages).

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