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Python C++-Sig (for Boost.Python)
Boost.Spirit lists
Boost.uBlas (numerics) list
Boost Sandbox CVS

The mailing lists are the heart of the Boost community.  You may read the lists via full-content email, email digests, or via newsgroup reader.

Hosting for the mailing lists is donated by the Open Systems Lab at Indiana University.

Access to Boost mailing lists via newsgroup (NNTP) is contributed by GMANE.

Boost Users mailing list (also available via newsgroup)

This list is oriented toward casual users of the Boost libraries. It is a good place to start if you are having trouble getting started with Boost or its individual libraries. Feel free to post both "newbie" and more challenging questions, but please check first to see if there's an appropriate Project-Specific list; you'll often get better answers in a forum dedicated to your problem area.  This list is relatively low volume (less than 100 per month).  Subscribe or unsubscribe at the Boost Users list home page.

For those who prefer to participate via an NNTP (newsgroup) interface, a gateway to the Boost Users mailing list is available at news://news.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lib.boost.user. Please see this note before posting through Gmane. You can also browse Gmane's searchable archive.

Boost developers mailing list (also available via newsgroup)

This is the main Boost mailing list.  It is high volume (over 1000 messages per month), very technical, and oriented toward Boost library developers. It is also read by many other members interested in watching the Boost library development process.  Virtually all Boost decisions, major or minor, technical or otherwise, are reached via public discussion on this mailing list.  It is where the formal reviews of proposed libraries take place. Subscribe or unsubscribe at http://lists.boost.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/boost

When we talk about the "members of Boost", we are talking about those signed up for this main mailing list.

For those who prefer to participate via an NNTP (newsgroup) interface, a gateway to the Boost mailing list is available at news://news.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lib.boost.devel.

Note: Postings to the newsgroup will only be accepted for the mailing list if from a subscribed email address, though you can configure your subscription settings to disable mail delivery if you prefer to read messages via the newsgroup. Don't be fooled by GMane's authentication message which says "you are now authorized to post to this list" after you answer its autogenerated mail; only subscribed addresses may post.

For this list's members only, preliminary libraries under discussion are available from the YahooGroups Files section (formerly called the "vault").

Archives for Boost developers list

A searchable mailing list archive has been generously contributed to the ActiveState Programmer Network by ActiveState Corporation.

Other archives of Boost messages include the Boost GMane NNTP Archive, The Mail Archive, and of course there is a Google search link for our MailMan Archive on our home page.

Boost Announce mailing list

This is an announce-only list for notification of upcoming software releases and formal reviews of proposed libraries. One to three messages per month.  Subscribe or unsubscribe at the Boost Announce list home page.

Project-Specific lists

Several mailing lists have been established for specific Boost projects:

Boost.Build (jamboost) list

The Yahoogroups mailing list for the Boost Build System is located here. GMane provides NNTP access and Searchable Archives as well. Please see this note before posting through Gmane.

Python C++-Sig (for Boost.Python)

The Python C++-sig is not strictly Boost-specific, but nearly all the traffic concerns Boost.Python. GMane provides NNTP access and Searchable Archives as well. Please see this note before posting through Gmane. There are also searchable archives at ASPN.

Boost.Spirit lists

Spirit has two additional mailing lists. Spirit-general for Spirit users and Spirit-devel for Spirit developers (open to anyone who wishes to hang out with Spirit coders). Both have GMane NNTP access (Spirit-general and Spirit-devel) with searchable archives ( Spirit-general and Spirit-devel).

Boost.Documentation list

The SourceForge mailing list for the Boost Documentation System is located here. GMane provides NNTP access and Searchable Archives as well. Please see this note before posting through Gmane.

uBLAS development (ublas-dev) list

The YahooGroups mailing list for Boost uBLAS is located here.

Boost Sandbox CVS

In addition to the main Boost CVS repository, a separate Sandbox CVS is available for Boost developers wishing to collaborate on projects prior to formal acceptance of a new library.  It can be accessed via the web, or via CVS client at:

 :pserver:anonymous@cvs.boost-sandbox.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/boost-sandbox


Revised 26 November, 2003

Copyright Beman Dawes 2001

Use, modification, and distribution are subject to the Boost Software License, Version 1.0. (See accompanying file LICENSE_1_0.txt or copy at www.boost.org/LICENSE_1_0.txt)