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The page BugTriage contains general bug triage tips, but many of them are outdated or even wrong, so here is a summary that is fresh and applies perfectly for MariaDB packaging in Debian.

Bug overview

To see a list of all MariaDB bugs from all the source packages use the page;src=mariadb-10.4;src=mariadb-10.3;src=mariadb-10.2;src=mariadb-10.1;src=mariadb-10.0;src=mariadb-5.5

Submitting bugs

Simply submit an email to with a well formed mail subject line and the following start of the email body:

Package: mariadb-server
Version: 1:10.5.5-1
Severity: wishlist

See full list of additional pseudoheaders at

FTBFS bugs

When submitting bugs about MariaDB failing to build from sources (FTBFS) there usually needs to be more elaborate metadata. Example:


mariadb-10.3: FTBFS on alpha: relocation truncated to fit

Start of body:

Source: mariadb-10.3
Version: 1:10.3.13-1
Severity: serious
Justification: fails to build from source
Usertags: alpha ftbfs

Responding to bugs

Simply reply to the bug, but remember to put control stanzas in the beginning of the email.


Control: tags -1 wontfix
Control: severity -1 wishlist
Control: forwarded -1
Control: merge -1 123456
Control: retitle -1 Proper title for this bug

For full list of commands see For full list of the argument options that can be given to commands see and

Closing bugs

There are two ways:

1. Include a "(Closes: #123456)" in the debian/changelogs entry. This will automatically mark the bug fixed at the version uploaded and at the time of upload.

2. Send email to the bug with -done appended to bug number in (e.g. and with "Version: 1:10.5.5-1" as the first line to indicate what version the bug was fixed in.