[Reportbug-maint] Bug#627688: reportbug: should not assume a working MTA configuration

Patrick Strasser patrick.strasser at tugraz.at
Mon May 23 17:03:03 UTC 2011

Package: reportbug
Version: 5.0
Severity: normal

When configuring, reportbug suggests to use a local MTA instead of assuming no MTA is configured. This is even true for the "novice" part. Interrestingly reportbug assumes no special configuration for fetching bug reports.
The question is:
Do you have a "mail transport agent" (MTA) like Exim, Postfix or SSMTP configured on this computer to send mail to the Internet? [Y|n|q|?]?

This should default to No. 

Consequently the next question should be formulated towards not knowing the SMTP host, rather to present the fallback presented at the end of the text.
Please enter the name of your SMTP host. Just press ENTER if you don't have one or don't know, and so a Debian SMTP host will be used.
Usually it's called something like "mail.example.org" or "smtp.example.org". If you need to use a different port than default, use the <host>:<port> alternative format.


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

** /home/koarl/.reportbugrc:
reportbug_version "5.0"
mode standard
ui text
realname "Patrick Strasser"
email "patrick.strasser at tugraz.at"
header "X-Debbugs-CC: patrick.strasser at tugraz.at"
smtphost reportbug.debian.org

-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (800, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.38-2-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=de_AT.utf8, LC_CTYPE=de_AT.utf8 (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              5.0        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  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  python-gtk2                  2.17.0-4+b1 Python bindings for the GTK+ widge
pn  python-gtkspell              <none>      (no description available)
pn  python-urwid                 <none>      (no description available)
ii  python-vte                   1:0.24.3-2  Python bindings for the VTE widget
ii  ssmtp [mail-transport-agent] 2.64-4      extremely simple MTA to get mail o
ii  xdg-utils                    1.1.0~rc1-2 desktop integration utilities from

-- no debconf information

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