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muttbug (1)


muttbug - Report a bug (or rather a flea) in mutt.




User Manuals                                              flea(1)

     flea - Report a bug (or rather a flea) in mutt.


     flea  is  a  shell  script  which  helps you to submit a bug
     report against the mutt(1) mail user agent.

     If you invoke flea, you'll first be  prompted  for  a  short
     description  of  the  problem  you experience.  This will be
     used as the bug report's subject line, so it should be  con-
     cise, but informative.

     You  are  then  asked to assign an initial severity level to
     the problem you observe; flea will give  you  a  description
     which severity level is appropriate or not.

     Then,  you  are  asked for the location of a core dump (nor-
     mally named core) which may have been left over by  a  crash
     of  your  mutt(1).   You can just type "no" here, or you can
     enter the path leading to a core dump.  flea will try to use
     either sdb(1), dbx(1), or gdb(1) to extract some information
     from this core dump which may be helpful  to  developers  in
     order to determine the reason for the crash.

     Finally,  you  are  asked whether or not you want to include
     personal and system mutt(1) configuration files with the bug
     report.   If  at  all  possible, we urge you to answer these
     questions with "yes", since a reference configuration  makes
     it incredibly easier to track down a problem.

     If  you  are  using  Debian  GNU/Linux,  flea will now check
     whether or not mutt has been installed as a  Debian  package
     on  your  system,  and  suggest  to file the bug against the
     mutt(1) and Debian bug tracking systems.   This  option  was
     added  since  the mutt(1) project uses another instantiation
     of the  Debian  bug  tracking  system,  so  submitting  bugs
     against both systems in one pass is simple.

     You are then dropped into your favorite editor as determined
     by the EDITOR and VISUAL environment variables.

     Please give us details about the problem in the empty  space
     below  the  line reading "Please type your report below this
     line".  We are most interested  in  precise  information  on
     what  symptoms  you  observe  and  what steps may be used to
     reproduce the bug.  Chances are that problems which can eas-
     ily  be  reproduced  will  be fixed quickly.  So please take
     some time when filling out this part of the template.

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User Manuals                                              flea(1)

     The remainder of the  template  contains  various  kinds  of
     information  gathered  from your system, including output of
     the uname(1) command, output from mutt(1) itself,  and  your
     system's  mutt(1)  configuration  files.   You  may  wish to
     browse through this part of the bug report form in order  to
     avoid leaking confidential information to the public.

     If  you  leave  the editor, flea will give you the option to
     review, re-edit, submit, or abandon your bug report.  If you
     decide  to  submit it, a mail message containing your report
     will be sent to <>.  You'll receive a copy  of
     this message.

     While your bug report is being processed by the bug tracking
     system, you will receive various e-mail  messages  from  the
     bug  tracking  system  informing  you about what's going on:
     Once your bug report has been entered into the bug  tracking
     system,  it  will  be  assigned a unique serial number about
     which you are informed via e-mail.  If you  wish  to  submit
     additional  information  about the bug, you can just send it
     to the address with #serial in the subject.

     Later, you will  most  likely  receive  questions  from  the
     developers  about  the  problem  you  observed, and you will
     eventually be informed that your bug report has been closed.
     This means that the bug has been fixed at least in the hg(1)
     repository.  If the answers you receive don't  satisfy  you,
     don't  hesitate  to  contact  the  developers directly under

     You can also browse  your  bug  report  and  all  additional
     information and replies connected to it using the bug track-
     ing  system's  Web  interface  under  the   following   URL:


     flea will use the following environment variables:

          Your  electronic mail address.  Will be used to set the
          bug report's From header, and to send you a copy of the

          Your  login  name.   If  the EMAIL environment variable
          isn't set, this will be used instead to send you a copy
          of  the  report.   Setting  the  sender will be left to
          sendmail(1) on your system.


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          If set, the bug report will contain a  Reply-To  header
          with  the  e-mail address contained in this environment

          If set, the bug report  will  contain  an  Organization
          header  with the contents of this environment variable.

          If set, this environment variable will be  expected  to
          contain the path to your favorite pager for viewing the
          bug report.  If unset, more(1) will be used.

          If set, this environment variable will be  expected  to
          contain the path to your favorite visual editor.

          If  set,  this environment variable will be expected to
          contain the path to your favorite editor.   This  vari-
          able  is examined if and only if the VISUAL environment
          variable is unset.  If EDITOR is unset, vi(1)  will  be
          used to edit the bug report.


     core If  present, this file may contain a post-mortem memory
          dump of mutt.  It will be inspected using the  debugger
          installed on your system.


     dbx(1),  gdb(1),  lynx(1), mutt(1), muttrc(5), sdb(1), send-
     mail(1), uname(1), vi(1)

     The mutt bug tracking system:


     flea and this manual page were written  by  Thomas  Roessler

     See   attributes(5)   for   descriptions  of  the  following

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User Manuals                                              flea(1)

     |Availability   | mail/mutt        |
     |Stability      | Uncommitted      |
     This  software  was   built   from   source   available   at    The  original
     community       source       was       downloaded       from

     Further  information about this software can be found on the
     open source community website at

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