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#debian dpkg bot :
"it has been said that reportbug is use used to submit bugs to the Debian bug system. really simple to use, apt-get install reportbug, then run reportbug and answer the questions. It will file automagically if you're on-line. note: always check the list that reportbug gives you to see if the bug is already known"
reports bugs in the Debian distribution
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reportbug is a tool designed to make the reporting of bugs in Debian and derived distributions relatively painless. Its features include:
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$ reportbug package  * Integration with the mutt, af, and mh/nmh mail readers.
 * Access to outstanding bug reports to make it easier to identify
   whether problems have already been reported.
 * Automatic checking for newer versions of packages.
 * Optional automatic verification of integrity of packages via debsums.
 * Support for following-up on outstanding reports.
 * Optional PGP/GnuPG integration.
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The commands shows already reported bugs by around 20 .
Type Enter to reach next page.
reportbug is designed to be used on systems with an installed mail transport agent, like exim or sendmail; however, you can edit the configuration file and send reports using any available mail server.
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If your system's users use locales with character sets other than UTF-8 and ISO-8859-*, one of either python2.3-cjkcodecs or python2.3-iconvcodec is required for proper operation. For Asian locales, the use of python2.3-cjkcodecs is preferred over the more limited python2.3-iconvcodec.
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From there there are two ways to go through reports.

- Way 1, read the reports, if one match , write its number and click enter.
Exit a report with "q", add your own data to it with "x".


- Way 2, search throuhg the bugs by typing "f" then a word and Enter.
It is recommanded for packages such as mozilla-browser that can have 500 bug reported against it.


After the last one you will be asked if you want to report a new bug.
NB: If you don't know the vim text editor please choose one you know with "update-alternatives --config editor. You need to write your report with an editor :)
In case you only know say gedit. Use :




links which could help improve this page :
links :
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 * How to report a bug in Debian : mostly tell how to do things without reportbug. * How to report a bug in Debian : mostly tell how to do things without reportbug.
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http://wiki.debian.net/?DebianBugTrackingSystem DebianBugTrackingSystem
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 * Re: bug reporting in noncommercial software : provide a light though complete description of reportbug capabilities and the BTS process.
http://lwn.net/2001/1115/letters.php3 , cf Re: bug reporting in noncommercial software

FIXME : this is page is incomplete and have no structure. Though it is no worst than the void of newby documentation.

reports bugs in the Debian distribution

reportbug is a tool designed to make the reporting of bugs in Debian and derived distributions relatively painless. Its features include:

  • Integration with the mutt, af, and mh/nmh mail readers.
  • Access to outstanding bug reports to make it easier to identify
    • whether problems have already been reported.
  • Automatic checking for newer versions of packages.
  • Optional automatic verification of integrity of packages via debsums.
  • Support for following-up on outstanding reports.
  • Optional PGP/GnuPG integration.

reportbug is designed to be used on systems with an installed mail transport agent, like exim or sendmail; however, you can edit the configuration file and send reports using any available mail server.

If your system's users use locales with character sets other than UTF-8 and ISO-8859-*, one of either python2.3-cjkcodecs or python2.3-iconvcodec is required for proper operation. For Asian locales, the use of python2.3-cjkcodecs is preferred over the more limited python2.3-iconvcodec.

links :

  • the reportbug project page

http://alioth.debian.org/projects/reportbug/

  • Reporting Bugs in Debian . Best Debian Bug report introduction i ever saw.

http://women.alioth.debian.org/involvement/bugreporting

  • debian BTS interface :

http://www.debian.org/Bugs/

* How to report a bug in Debian : mostly tell how to do things without reportbug. http://www.debian.org/Bugs/Reporting Also available in : /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt

  • wiki page about the previous bug reporting command :

?DebianBugTrackingSystem

  • ?SysAdminDocs : ["DebianXWindowsHowTo"]

http://www.geosci.usyd.edu.au/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=SysAdminDocs.["DebianXWindowsHowTo"]

  • How to report bugs on Debian

http://www.linuxfocus.org/English/September2000/article171.shtml

  • debian installer logs are in /var/log/debian-installer
  • How to Report Bugs Effectively : generic recommandations for bug reporter

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/bugs.html

  • an example of the "formal letter" send to some of our Xfree users

http://www.xfree86.org/pipermail/forum/2003-November/003841.html

  • Debian FAQ : 11.5 How do I report a bug in Debian?

http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-faq/ch-support.en.html#s-bugreport