Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Using Debian Reportbug

Reportbug is easy to use program for reporting bugs in GNU/Debian Linux. If you are using webmail services like yahoo, MSN, gmail and don't run a SMTP daemon on your computer, you can configure reportbug to reflect both.

Here is my ~/.reportbugrc configuration.

# reportbug preferences file
# Version of reportbug this preferences file was written by
reportbug_version "3.18"
# default operating mode: one of: novice, standard, advanced, expert
mode standard
# default user interface
ui text
# offline setting - comment out to be online
# name and email setting (if non-default)
realname "Rakesh 'arky' Ambati"
# email "My_Nick@yahoo.com"
# Disable fallback mode by commenting out the following:
header "X-Debbugs-CC: My_Nick@yahoo.com"
smtphost bugs.debian.org
# You can add other settings after this line.  See
# /etc/reportbug.conf for a full listing of options.

You can also generate your custom configuration settings using the --configure option of reportbug.

 reportbug  --configure
Please choose the default operating mode for reportbug.

1 novice    Offer simple prompts, bypassing technical questions.

2 standard  Offer more extensive prompts, including asking about things that a
            moderately sophisticated user would be expected to know about

3 advanced  Like standard, but assumes you know a bit more about Debian,
            including "incoming".

4 expert    Bypass most handholding measures and preliminary triage routines.
            This mode should not be used by people unfamiliar with Debian's
            policies and operating procedures.

Select mode: [standard] 

Lastly, don't forget to read the How to report a bug in Debian page before rolling your sleeve's to report bugs to Debian BTS.
Happy Bug Hunting!!!!


  1. The link given for "Reporting bugs for Debian" doesn't work :(

  2. Its seems the Don Armstrong's site is down. Changed the URL. Thank you for reporting it.

    Also read the How to report bugs the Debian way if want to learn more about Debian bug reporting.


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