[Reportbug-maint] Bug#620928: reportbug: Please provide an option to not prompt for a subject

Josh Triplett josh at joshtriplett.org
Thu May 12 03:03:27 UTC 2011

On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:31:46PM +0200, Sandro Tosi wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 06:16, Josh Triplett <josh at joshtriplett.org> wrote:
> > I'd much rather edit the mail subject in my editor, rather than in a
> > prompt provided by reportbug.  (This holds particularly true when using
> > --mutt.)
> Could you please explain what's the difference between setting the
> subject in mutt than at a prompt by reportbug. As of now, your
> justifications are weak, so before closing the bug I'd like to be more
> sure about your usecase.

I have mutt configured to not prompt for a subject or any other headers;
it just drops me directly into an editor, and includes the mail headers
in the editor, so I can edit the subject along with the mail.  ("set
autoedit=yes" and "set edit_headers=yes").  If I could configure
reportbug to skip the prompt for a Subject, and just silently fire up
mutt with the default subject or subject prefix ("Re: $existing_subject"
or "$package_name: ") then I'd end up directly in vim, editing the bug
with the default subject already present and editable.

Right now, I frequently end up just typing "foo" at the reportbug
subject prompt, so that I can get to my editor, write the report, and
come up with an appropriate subject after writing some or all of the
body of the report. :)

- Josh Triplett

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