[Reportbug-maint] Bug#640512: reportbug: crash when looking up dependencies (ValueError)

Wouter Van Hemel wouter-debian at publica.duodecim.org
Mon Sep 5 12:43:38 UTC 2011

Package: reportbug
Version: 6.2
Severity: normal


reportbug crashes repeatedly with ValueError when trying to resolve dependencies:

Looking up dependencies of kmail...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 2185, in <module>
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 1073, in main
    return iface.user_interface()
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 1742, in user_interface
    utils.get_dependency_info(package, suggests, "suggests"))
  File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/reportbug/utils.py", line 665, in get_dependency_info
    status, pack, vers, widthp=widthp, widthv=widthv)
ValueError: Format specifier missing precision

This is an up to date Debian Unstable system and Python -V reports: Python 2.6.7. The crash occurs consistently while attempting to report a bug in KMail (kdepim source), but I'd like to report that reporting this bug on reportbug didn't crash reportbug (Malkovich Malkovich).

Thanks for your time,


-- Package-specific info:
** Environment settings:
EDITOR="nano -wiSAT4"

** /home/wouter/.reportbugrc:
reportbug_version "4.0"
mode advanced
ui text
email "wouter-debian at publica.duodecim.org"

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

Kernel: Linux 2.6.39-2-686-pae (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=nl_BE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages reportbug depends on:
ii  apt     
ii  python            2.6.7-3 
ii  python-reportbug  6.2     

reportbug recommends no packages.

Versions of packages reportbug suggests:
ii  debconf-utils                            <none>     
ii  debsums                                  <none>     
ii  dlocate                                  <none>     
ii  emacs22-bin-common | emacs23-bin-common  <none>     
ii  file                                     5.04-5+b1  
ii  gnupg                                    1.4.11-3   
ii  postfix [mail-transport-agent]           2.8.4-1    
ii  python-gtk2                              2.24.0-2   
ii  python-gtkspell                          2.25.3-10.1
ii  python-urwid                             <none>     
ii  python-vte                               <none>     
ii  xdg-utils                                1.1.0~rc1-2

-- no debconf information

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