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sendbug - send problem report (PR) about OpenBSD to a cen-
tral support site
sendbug [ -P ] [ -L ] [ -V ] [ --version ]
sendbug is a tool used to submit problem reports (PRs) to
a central support site. sendbug invokes an editor on a
problem report template (after trying to fill in some
fields with reasonable default values). When you exit the
editor, sendbug sends the completed form to the Problem
Report Management System (GNATS) at a central support
site. At the support site, the PR is assigned a unique
number and is stored in the GNATS database according to
its category and submitter-id. GNATS automatically
replies with an acknowledgement, citing the category and
the PR number.
To ensure that a PR is handled promptly, it should contain
your (unique) submitter-id and one of the available cate-
gories to identify the problem area. (Use `sendbug -L' to
see a list of categories.)
The more precise your problem description and the more
complete your information, the faster your support team
can solve your problems.
-P Print the form specified by the environment vari-
able PR_FORM on standard output. If PR_FORM is not
set, print the standard blank PR template. No mail
-L Print the list of available categories. No mail is
-V Display the sendbug version number.
Same as -V.
Note: Use sendbug to submit problem reports rather than
mailing them directly. Using both the template and send-
bug itself will help ensure all necessary information will
reach the support site.
The environment variable EDITOR specifies the editor to
invoke on the template.
If the environment variable PR_FORM is set, then its value
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is used as the file name of the template for your problem-
report editing session. You can use this to start with a
partially completed form (for example, a form with the
identification fields already completed).
HOW TO FILL OUT A PROBLEM REPORT
Problem reports have to be in a particular form so that a
program can easily manage them. Please remember the fol-
- Describe only one problem with each problem report.
- For follow-up mail, use the same subject line as the
one in the automatic acknowledgement. It consists of
category, PR number and the original synopsis line.
This allows the support site to relate several mail
messages to a particular PR and to record them automat-
- Please try to be as accurate as possible in the subject
and/or synopsis line.
- The subject and the synopsis line are not confidential.
This is because open-bugs lists are compiled from them.
Avoid confidential information there.
HOW TO SUBMIT TEST CASES, CODE, ETC.
Submit small code samples with the PR. Contact the sup-
port site for instructions on submitting larger test cases
and problematic source code.
/tmp/p$$ copy of PR used in editing session
/tmp/pf$$ copy of empty PR form, for testing purposes
/tmp/pbad$$ file for rejected PRs
Jeffrey Osier, Brendan Kehoe, Jason Merrill, Heinz G.
Seidl (Cygnus Support)
Copyright (c) 1992, 1993 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim
copies of this manual provided the copyright notice and
this permission notice are preserved on all copies.
Permission is granted to copy and distribute modified ver-
sions of this manual under the conditions for verbatim
copying, provided that the entire resulting derived work
is distributed under the terms of a permission notice
identical to this one.
Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations
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of this manual into another language, under the above con-
ditions for modified versions, except that this permission
notice may be included in translations approved by the
Free Software Foundation instead of in the original
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Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.
(Corrections, notes, and links courtesy of RocketAware.com)
GNU sources for sendbug(1) (at OpenBSD cvsweb)
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