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

This package provides access to the Debian Bug Tracking System, which can be used for both reporting and researching bugs, by a number of interfaces, including email, web, and command-line utilities.


Install the reportbug package.


There is also a robot at that expects specially-crafted control messages for the bug tracking system.


Using a custom SMTP server

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


It is sometimes easier to configure reportbug to use GMail to send bug reports rather than the existing sendmail program installed by default in Debian. The following outlines the steps to accomplish this:

  1. Run reportbug --configure as your normal user. This creates a ~/.reportbugrc file that stores all the configurations.

  2. Follow the instructions and when asked Do you have a 'mail transport agent' (MTA) configured, choose No

  3. Then enter the SMTP host for gmail:

  4. For the user name enter: <username>

  5. For the question Does your SMTP host require TLS authentication?, choose Yes

If you have set up Google's two-factor authentication for your GMail account, you can create an application-specific password to use with reportbug.


Warning: unsupported locale setting: This error relates to Locale configuration. To workaround this problem, invoke the program as LANG=C reportbug

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