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NAME

querybts - view outstanding bug reports on a debbugs server

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Options
Configuration Files
Environment
Author

SYNOPSIS

querybts [options] <package | number [number2]...>

DESCRIPTION

querybts is designed to provide a convenient and easy-to-use interface to the Debbugs bug tracking system, as used by Debian and several other projects. You can specify a package name or one or more report numbers.

OPTIONS

The program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (‘--’). A summary of options are included below.
-h, --help Show summary of options.
--version
  Show the version of querybts and exit.
-A, --archive
  Browse archived bugs instead of current reports. Debbugs servers clear out closed reports after 28 days and place them in a separate archive; this option allows those older, resolved reports to be viewed (at least for servers that maintain an archive).
-B SYSTEM, --bts=SYSTEM
  Instead of the Debian bug server, use the server specified by SYSTEM. Valid options are default and debian but check --help for an updated list.
-b, --buglist
  Display a bugs list for the given package.
--latest-first
  Display the bug reports list sorted and with the latest reports at the top.
--mbox-reader-cmd=MBOX_READER_CMD
  Specify a command to open the bug reports mbox file. You can use %s to substitute the mbox file to be used, and %% to insert a literal percent sign. If no %s is specified, the mbox file name is supplied at the end of the argument list.
-m, --mbox Retrieve the given bug number(s) or package name(s) as a mailbox file, instead of viewing it. It will be dumped to standard output.
--proxy=PROXY, --http_proxy=PROXY
  Specify the WWW proxy server to use to handle the queries to the bug tracking system. You should only need this parameter if you are behind a firewall.
-s, --source
  Query on source packages, rather than binary packages.
--timeout=SECONDS
  Specify the network timeout, the number of seconds to wait for a resource to respond. If nothing is specified, a default timeout of 1 minute is selected.

In case of a network error, there are chances it’s due to a too low timeout: try passing the --timeout option with a higher value than default.

-u INTERFACE, --ui=INTERFACE, --interface=INTERFACE
  Specify the user interface to use. Valid options are text, urwid, gtk2; default is taken from the reportbug configuration files.
-w, --web Launch a web browser to view bug reports, instead of using the internal interface. This will also allow you to see the whole discussion about a particular bug at once, instead of one message at a time as querybts would do. (Only the first bug number on the command line will be opened.)

CONFIGURATION FILES

querybts supports a simple run control file syntax. Commands are read from /etc/reportbug.conf and $HOME/.reportbugrc with commands in the latter overriding those in the former.

Commands are not case sensitive, and currently take 0 or 1 argument; arguments containing whitespace must be enclosed in quotes.

Any line starting with # is taken to be a comment and will be ignored.

Generally, options corresponding to the long options for querybts are supported, without leading -- sequences. See the default /etc/reportbug.conf for all acceptable options and reportbug.conf(5) for all acceptable options and detailed information.

Options only supported by reportbug will be silently ignored.

ENVIRONMENT

BROWSER
  Colon-separated list of web browsers to try; they will be tried in order, until one succeeds. You can use %s to substitute the URL to be used, and %% to insert a literal percent sign. If no %s is specified, the URL will be supplied as a normal argument.
Provides the address of a proxy server to handle the BTS query. This
  should be a valid http URL for a proxy server, including any required port number (simply specifying a hostname, or omitting a port other than 80, WILL NOT WORK).

SEE ALSO

reportbug(1), reportbug.conf(5)

AUTHOR

Chris Lawrence <lawrencc@debian.org>, Sandro Tosi <morph@debian.org>.


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