I've played Dwarf fortress in the past, and mining has worked.
However, upon starting a new game, I've found that mining designations are not working.
I am designating solid ground (not above the ground, and corner to corner as per usual designation). But the designation will not show an indicator that it is queued and the job list is empty. I've gotten it to work in previous builds (roughly a year ago).
plant gathering and tree chopping works, so does stockpile designation and channeling.
I've attached an image showing the area that I am designating (and yes, I am mining with d -> d -> designated area).