[Reportbug-maint] Bug#626930: reportbug: bug report silently discarded, after postfix error

Stefan Monnier monnier at iro.umontreal.ca
Mon May 16 13:00:02 UTC 2011

Package: reportbug
Version: 5.1.1
Severity: normal

A recent problem between postfix and glibc packages causes sendmail to
fail to send email, signalling an error instead.  The problem here,
is that when I tried to report it with reportbug, reportbug (with gtk2 ui)
just exited silently without telling me about the failure to send the
message.  Luckily, I started reportbug from the command line rather than
from the menu, so I did get to see the:

postdrop: fatal: getrlimit: Operation not permitted
sendmail: warning: command "/usr/sbin/postdrop -r" exited with status 1
sendmail: fatal: foo at bar.ca(2376): unable to execute /usr/sbin/postdrop -r: Success

message.  But this message should have been shown more prominently to the
user (and maybe an option should be offered to use another path the send
the bugreport in this case).


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

** /home/monnier/.reportbugrc:
reportbug_version "3.20"
mode standard
ui text
email "monnier at iro.umontreal.ca"

-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fr_CH.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_CH.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                        2.6.6-14   interactive high-level object-orie
ii  python-reportbug              5.1.1      Python modules for interacting wit

reportbug recommends no packages.

Versions of packages reportbug suggests:
pn  debconf-utils              <none>        (no description available)
pn  debsums                    <none>        (no description available)
pn  dlocate                    <none>        (no description available)
ii  emacs22-bin-common         22.3+1-1.2+b1 The GNU Emacs editor's shared, arc
ii  emacs23-bin-common         23.3+1-1      The GNU Emacs editor's shared, arc
ii  file                       5.04-5+b1     Determines file type using "magic"
ii  gnupg                      1.4.11-3      GNU privacy guard - a free PGP rep
ii  postfix [mail-transport-ag 2.8.2-1+b1    High-performance mail transport ag
ii  python-gtk2                2.17.0-4+b1   Python bindings for the GTK+ widge
ii  python-gtkspell            2.25.3-9      Python bindings for the GtkSpell l
pn  python-urwid               <none>        (no description available)
ii  python-vte                 1:0.24.3-2+b1 Python bindings for the VTE widget
ii  xdg-utils                  1.1.0~rc1-2   desktop integration utilities from

-- no debconf information

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