Reporting Debian bugs without a working MTA

Posted by tong on Mon 22 Jan 2007 at 06:07

Debian makes heavy use of it's bug-tracking system for allowing users to inform developers which problem need fixing. However, it normally requires you to have a working MTA that connects to the Internet. This article shows that you can still report bugs even if you don't have a working MTA for any reason.

The following is a step by step example showing how I sent a bug report via my yahoo mail web interface.

First we need to identify the severity for reportbug, from the available severities list.

When reporting bugs, I found that the best way is to use "reportbug --template" to create a template with all the relevant information being automatically gathered:

$ reportbug --template --bts debian -S normal xsel
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
 From: Tong Sun <>

 To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
 Subject: none

 Package: xsel
 Version: 0.9.6-1.1
 Severity: normal

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (600, 'testing'), (50, 'unstable')
 Architecture: i386 (i686)
 Kernel: Linux 2.6.17-grml

Versions of packages xsel depends on:
ii  libc6                        2.3.6.ds1-4 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libice6                      1:1.0.1-2   X11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libsm6                       1:1.0.1-2   X11 Session Management library
ii  libx11-6                     2:1.0.0-9   X11 client-side library
ii  libxext6                     1:1.0.1-2   X11 miscellaneous extension librar

-- no debconf information