[Reportbug-maint] Bug#590235: Please offer prefilled values for known (free) e-mail providers

Andrei Popescu andreimpopescu at gmail.com
Sun Jul 25 07:36:23 UTC 2010

Package: reportbug
Severity: wishlist
X-Debbugs-CC: debian-devel at lists.debian.org

On Sb, 24 iul 10, 18:03:04, Ron Johnson wrote:
> On 07/24/2010 02:06 PM, Holger Levsen wrote:
> [snip]
> >
> >And then there is the (nowadays perceived) problem that reportbug needs a
> >working MTA setup or at least outgoing traffic on port 25/587. Both ports are
> >blocked on almost all my machines, so I still have not much bothered with
> >reportbug. (I'd use it for when a maintainer tells me to use it as it will
> >collect some information automatically, but thats it.)
> >
> For at least a couple of years, reportbug has been able to send mail
> via the user's ISP's smtp server, just like he sends "regular"
> email.
> I'd bet that, given the correct ~/.reportbugrc options, you can also
> use smtp.google.com.

Of course you can, but it still is much more convenient to use 
reportbug.debian.org instead. Maybe reportbug could offer preconfigured 
settings in case the user has an e-mail address from one of the known 
providers that allow SMTP? Example text:


Do you want to use <provider>'s SMTP server for sending reports? Y/n

The known SMTP server for <provider> is <smtp-server>. Press Enter if 
this is the correct server (or you don't know), otherwise please specify 
the correct server.

Please enter the password for your <provider> account. The password will 
be stored in the ~/.reportbugrc file. If you don't want that just press 
Enter and reportbug will ask for the password every time you want to 
send a report:


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