[Reportbug-maint] Bug#619870: Please redirect 'kernel' to 'linux-image-$(uname -r)'

Ben Hutchings ben at decadent.org.uk
Mon Mar 28 03:53:39 UTC 2011

Package: reportbug
Version: 5.0
Severity: normal

If a user tries to report a bug on 'kernel', they are redirected to
'linux-2.6'.  Since that is not the name of a binary package, they
then get a long list of packages to choose from:

 1 firmware-linux-free             Binary firmware for various drivers in the Linux kernel
 2 linux-base                      Linux image base package
18 linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64      Linux 2.6.32 for 64-bit PCs
19 linux-image-2.6.37-2-amd64      Linux 2.6.37 for 64-bit PCs
20 linux-image-2.6.38-1-amd64      Linux 2.6.38 for 64-bit PCs
37 linux-2.6                       Source package

Possibly as a result of this, we get a fair number of reports against
linux-base or linux-2.6 (source package) which should have been made
against the appropriate linux-image package.  These reports do not
include much of the useful information that our bug script would

I tried installing a bug script for linux-2.6 as if it was a binary
package, but that just confuses reportbug:

Looking up status of additional packages...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 2127, in <module>
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 1052, in main
    return iface.user_interface()
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 1726, in user_interface
    package, [[x] for x in supplemental], rel='is related to')
  File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/reportbug/utils.py", line 627, in get_dependency_info
    for info in get_package_info(dependencies):
  File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/reportbug/utils.py", line 583, in get_package_info
    vers = versob.search(p).group('vers')
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'group'

Please can you redirect 'kernel' to 'linux-image-$(uname -r)' instead
when reportbug is running on Linux?  (You should presumably do
something different on kFreeBSD.)


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