[Reportbug-maint] Bug#550166: reportbug: grave severity description should be 'non-serious data loss'

green greenfreedom10 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 04:20:15 UTC 2009

Package: reportbug
Version: 3.48
Severity: normal

The description for the 'grave' severity in reportbug should indicate that it 
is _not_ for _serious_ data loss, like: "causes non-serious data loss".

I was reporting a bug (550103) for a program that did cause data loss by not 
writing user inputted data to the filesystem.  That data therefore becomes 
unrecoverable--that is 'serious data loss'.  When reporting the bug, I chose 
'grave' because it mentioned 'data loss' and I did not feel that 'critical' 
severity was correct because the data loss was not catastrophic.  When 
reportbug asked for justification, the only data loss option is 'non-serious', 
so I was forced to use 'unknown' which lowered the severity to 'normal'.  I 
should have used 'critical' and 'causes serious data loss', hence the suggested 
description change.


-- Package-specific info:
** Environment settings:

** /home/user/.reportbugrc:
reportbug_version "3.39"
mode standard
ui text
realname "green"
email "greenfreedom10 at gmail.com"

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0.3
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (730, 'stable'), (720, 'testing'), (710, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.30+67 (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/dash

Versions of packages reportbug depends on:
ii  apt             Advanced front-end for dpkg
ii  python                   2.5.2-3         An interactive high-level object-o
ii  python-central           0.6.11          register and build utility for Pyt

reportbug recommends no packages.

Versions of packages reportbug suggests:
pn  debconf-utils             <none>         (no description available)
ii  debsums                   2.0.36         verification of installed package 
pn  dlocate                   <none>         (no description available)
ii  file                      4.26-1         Determines file type using "magic"
ii  gnupg                     1.4.9-3+lenny1 GNU privacy guard - a free PGP rep
ii  postfix [mail-transport-a 2.5.5-1.1      High-performance mail transport ag
ii  python-urwid          curses-based UI/widget library for

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