[Reportbug-maint] Bug#524297: `reportbug --configure' tries to decode u''

James Vega jamessan at debian.org
Thu Apr 16 03:55:10 UTC 2009

Package: reportbug
Version: 4.1
Severity: normal

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 1831, in <module>
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 848, in main
    return iface.user_interface()
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 870, in user_interface
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 470, in offer_configuration
    default=(options.email or def_email), force_prompt=True)
  File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.5/reportbug/ui/text_ui.py", line 246, in get_string
    response = unicode(response, charset, 'replace')
TypeError: decoding Unicode is not supported

This is happening because the unicode object that utils.get_email() returns in
offer_configuration() isn't decoded before being passed as the default kwarg
to get_string().  decoding first (like is done for def_realname) or changing
get_string() to check whether response is already unicode should fix the

Currently, this prevents reportbug from ever writing out the initial config on
my system.

-- Package-specific info:
** Environment settings:
DEBEMAIL="jamessan at debian.org"

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (100, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages reportbug depends on:
ii  apt                    Advanced front-end for dpkg
ii  python                        2.5.4-2    An interactive high-level object-o
ii  python-reportbug              4.1        Python modules for interacting wit

reportbug recommends no packages.

Versions of packages reportbug suggests:
pn  debconf-utils                 <none>     (no description available)
pn  debsums                       <none>     (no description available)
pn  dlocate                       <none>     (no description available)
ii  file                          5.00-1     Determines file type using "magic"
ii  gnupg                         1.4.9-4    GNU privacy guard - a free PGP rep
ii  postfix [mail-transport-agent 2.5.5-1.1  High-performance mail transport ag
pn  python-gnome2-extras          <none>     (no description available)
ii  python-gtk2                   2.14.1-2   Python bindings for the GTK+ widge
pn  python-urwid                  <none>     (no description available)
pn  python-vte                    <none>     (no description available)

-- no debconf information

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