[Reportbug-maint] Bug#570385: Leaves files in /var/tmp/

Torquil Macdonald Sørensen torquil at gmail.com
Sat Aug 27 10:29:11 UTC 2011

On 26/08/11 00:27, Sandro Tosi wrote:
> On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 10:16, Torquil Macdonald Sørensen
> <torquil at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Package: reportbug
>> Version: 4.12.1
>> Severity: normal
>> I'm not sure how I would make a transcript, but believe that I do not do
> just run reportbug --ui=text in a terminal and cut&paste the complete output.

Ok thanks. I guess I don't need the --ui=text since I get the text frontend by 
default. I have included the output below.

>> anything out of the ordinary. SInce you mention MTA, I always make a
>> point about removing any mail server packages, e.g. exim-packages and so
>> on, since I don't need those types of software since e.g. Icedove
>> communicates with SMTP servers without the help any such software.
>> I don't know how reportbug does this, but it does manage to send bugreports.
> Another check: are those files old? I.e: if you report a bug now, does
> reportbug leave an empty .bug file behind on /var/tmp ?

Yup, reportbug still produces those empty files. I just reported a minor bug on 
the guitarix package, resulting in a new empty file /var/tmp/guitarix.bug.

I "monitored" /var/tmp while writing the bug report. After having written the 
bug report and chosen to save the text (I use EDITOR=nano), the empty file in 
/var/tmp/ had not yet been created. Thus it is created at the last moment when I 
select to send the report (by selecting Y from the list of choices).

Here is the transcript of the reportbug session:

tmac at asus:~$ reportbug guitarix
*** Welcome to reportbug.  Use ? for help at prompts. ***
Note: bug reports are publicly archived (including the email address of the 
Detected character set: UTF-8
Please change your locale if this is incorrect.

Using '"Torquil Macdonald Sørensen" <torquil at gmail.com>' as your from address.
Getting status for guitarix...
Checking for newer versions at packages.debian.org, incoming.debian.org and 
Will send report to Debian (per lsb_release).
Querying Debian BTS for reports on guitarix (source)...
No bug reports found.
Maintainer for guitarix is 'Roland Stigge <stigge at antcom.de>'.
Looking up dependencies of guitarix...

Briefly describe the problem (max. 100 characters allowed). This will be the bug 
email subject, so keep the summary as concise as possible, for example: "fails 
to send email" or "does not
start with -q option specified" (enter Ctrl+c to exit).
 > Invisible scroll bar
Rewriting subject to 'guitarix: Invisible scroll bar'

Enter any additional addresses this report should be sent to; press ENTER after 
each address. Press ENTER on a blank line to continue.

How would you rate the severity of this problem or report?

1 critical        makes unrelated software on the system (or the whole system) 
break, or causes serious data loss, or introduces a security hole on systems 
where you install the package.
2 grave           makes the package in question unusable by most or all users, 
or causes data loss, or introduces a security hole allowing access to the 
accounts of users who use the package.
3 serious         is a severe violation of Debian policy (that is, the problem 
is a violation of a 'must' or 'required' directive); may or may not affect the 
usability of the package. Note
                   that non-severe policy violations may be 'normal,' 'minor,' 
or 'wishlist' bugs. (Package maintainers may also designate other bugs as 
'serious' and thus release-critical;
                   however, end users should not do so.). For the canonical list 
of issues worthing a serious severity you can refer to this webpage:
                   http://release.debian.org/wheezy/rc_policy.txt .
4 important       a bug which has a major effect on the usability of a package, 
without rendering it completely unusable to everyone.
5 does-not-build  a bug that stops the package from being built from source. 
(This is a 'virtual severity'.)
6 normal          a bug that does not undermine the usability of the whole 
package; for example, a problem with a particular option or menu item.
7 minor           things like spelling mistakes and other minor cosmetic errors 
that do not affect the core functionality of the package.
8 wishlist        suggestions and requests for new features.

Please select a severity level: [normal] 7
Do any of the following apply to this report?

  1 d-i           This bug is relevant to the development of debian-installer.
  2 experimental  This bug only applies to the experimental branch of Debian.
  3 ipv6          This bug affects support for Internet Protocol version 6.
  4 l10n          This bug reports a localization/internationalization issue.
  5 lenny         This bug only applies to the lenny release (Debian 5.0).
  6 lfs           This bug affects support for large files (over 2 gigabytes).
  7 patch         You are including a patch to fix this problem.
  8 security      This problem is a security vulnerability in Debian.
  9 sid           This bug only applies to the unstable branch of Debian.
10 squeeze       This bug only applies to the squeeze release (Debian 6.0).
11 upstream      This bug applies to the upstream part of the package.
12 wheezy        This bug only applies to the wheezy release
13 none

Please select tags: (one at a time) [none]
Spawning nano...
Report will be sent to "Debian Bug Tracking System" <submit at bugs.debian.org>
Submit this report on guitarix (e to edit) [Y|n|a|c|e|i|l|m|p|q|d|t|s|?]?
Connecting to smtp.uio.no via SMTP...
Enter SMTP password for tmac at smtp.uio.no:

Bug report submitted to: "Debian Bug Tracking System" <submit at bugs.debian.org>
Copies sent to:
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   =?utf-8?q?Torquil_Macdonald_S=C3=B8rensen?= <torquil at gmail.com>

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