[Reportbug-maint] Bug#524099: reportbug: Truncate lines width in bug description

Sandro Tosi morph at debian.org
Fri Jun 12 08:40:23 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 10:27, Apelete Seketeli<apelete at seketeli.org> wrote:
> Hi,
>> I think this bug already shows the problems: Apelete wrote long
>> sentences that are not wrapped to a given column (usually 80 or 72).
>> This will lead to the need of *horizontal* scrolling, really annoying.
> That's it Sandro, you understood exactly what I was trying to describe.


>> I do think this is something the the MUA / EDITOR used should no and
>> *NOT* reportbug (there are lines that *needs* to be long, like errors
>> / stack straces & co).
> I thought the same, but since I write my bug reports in the terminal
> using Vim (this one is written from Gmail web interface though) I
> reported the bug against this package.
> Perhaps there's a config option in Vim to tell it to wrap the text to
> a given column...I definitely should look into that. If text wrapping
> isn't available in Vim (and I seriously doubt that), I may have to
> switch to another editor :'(.

Sure, vim has text wrapping capabilities: in command-mode type 'set
textwidth=80" or replace 80 with the column number you want your text
to be wrapped around.

Also emacs has "Meta + q" to wrap text (executed on the paragraph to wrap).

> Perhaps something should be written in the README.Users file, to tell
> people to enable text wrapping in their editor or switch to an editor
> that support it.

Well, I'm a bit unsure if this is the right approach: you choose to
use an editor, and you're supposed to know how to use it (else you can
document about it). I think we cannot add any possible documentation
about the tools that can be used by reportbug.

That said, I think we can close the bug: Apelete, do you agree?

Sandro Tosi (aka morph, morpheus, matrixhasu)
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