querybts - view outstanding bug reports on a debbugs server
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 num
The program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long
options starting with two dashes (--). A summary of options are
Show summary of options.
Show the version of querybts and exit.
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
-B SYSTEM, --bts=SYSTEM
Instead of the Debian bug server, use the server specified by
SYSTEM. You can specify help to get a list of supported
Retrieve the given bug number as a mailbox file, instead of
viewing it. It will be dumped to standard output.
Specify the WWW proxy server to use to handle the query of the
bug tracking system. You should only need this parameter if you
are behind a firewall.
Query on source packages, rather than binary packages.
Launch a web browser to view bug reports, instead of using the
internal interface. This will also allow you to see all of the
discussion about a particular bug, instead of the initial
report. (Only the first bug number on the command line will be
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 sensi
tive, and currently take 0 or 1 arguments; arguments containing whites
pace must be enclosed in quotes. Any line starting with # is taken to
be a comment and will be ignored.
Generally, options corresponding to the GNU long options for querybts
are supported, without leading -- sequences. See the default
/etc/reportbug.conf for all acceptable options. Options only supported
by reportbug will be silently ignored.
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 omit
ting a port other than 80, WILL NOT WORK).
Pythons getopt module is pickier than GNU getopt() about the order of
command line arguments; all switches must be specified before the pack
You must have the python-newt package installed to run this program.
Chris Lawrence .