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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
== reports bugs in the Debian distribution ==

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


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


  • debian BTS interface :


* 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 :


  • ?SysAdminDocs : ["DebianXWindowsHowTo"]


  • How to report bugs on Debian


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


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


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