[Reportbug-maint] Bug#525129: reportbug crashes every time

Joe Dennigan ergotmania at googlemail.com
Wed Apr 22 11:18:03 UTC 2009

Package: reportbug
Version: 4.1

Reportbug crashes every time I try to use it.  The latest session went
as follows:

jdenn at not-working:~$ reportbug
Welcome to reportbug! Since it looks like this is the first time you have used
reportbug, we are configuring its behavior. These settings will be saved to the
file "/home/jdenn/.reportbugrc", which you will be free to edit further.
Please choose the default operating mode for reportbug.

1 novice    Offer simple prompts, bypassing technical questions.

2 standard  Offer more extensive prompts, including asking about things that a
            moderately sophisticated user would be expected to know about Debian.

3 advanced  Like standard, but assumes you know a bit more about Debian, including

4 expert    Bypass most handholding measures and preliminary triage routines. This
            mode should not be used by people unfamiliar with Debian's policies
            and operating procedures.

Select mode: [novice] 2
Please choose the default interface for reportbug.

1 gtk2  A graphical (GTK+) user interface

2 text  A text-oriented console user interface

Select interface: 2
Will reportbug often have direct Internet access? (You should answer yes to this
question unless you know what you are doing and plan to check whether duplicate
reports have been filed via some other channel.) [Y|n|q|?]? Y
What real name should be used for sending bug reports?
[JpD]> Joe Dennigan
Which of your email addresses should be used when sending bug reports? (Note that
this address will be visible in the bug tracking system, so you may want to use a
webmail address or another address with good spam filtering capabilities.)
[ergotmania at googlemail.com]> 
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 955, 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 245, in get_string
    response = unicode(response, charset, 'replace')
TypeError: decoding Unicode is not supported
jdenn at not-working:~$

The same error occurs when selecting the gtk2 interface.

System details:
jdenn at not-working:~$ uname -a
Linux not-working 2.6.29-1-686 #1 SMP Fri Apr 17 14:35:16 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
jdenn at not-working:~$ dpkg -s libc6 | grep ^Version
Version: 2.9-7
jdenn at not-working:~$ dpkg -s python | grep ^Version
Version: 2.5.4-2


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