[Reportbug-maint] Bug#773606: reportbug: confusing instructions when trying to file a binNMU

Kamaraju Kusumanchi kamaraju at gmail.com
Sat Dec 20 18:11:10 UTC 2014

Package: reportbug
Version: 6.6.1
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

When trying to request a binNMU using the gtk2 interface, I found the text in
one of the menus to be confusing. The issue is not present in the text

To reproduce

rajulocal at hogwarts:~$ reportbug -u gtk2 release.debian.org

Hit Continue
-> select binnmu line, hit continue
-> Enter "smartmontools" for the package name, hit continue
-> Select "This is the correct version"

At this point, the menu displayed is

Is this request for specific architectures?
This removal is for all architectures.
This is a partial (specific architectures) removal.

This is confusing a bit since I was requesting for a binNMU and not a package

The issue is not present when using the text interface. Here the interaction
looks as follows:

rajulocal at hogwarts:~/chess$ reportbug -u text release.debian.org
*** Welcome to reportbug.  Use ? for help at prompts. ***
Note: bug reports are publicly archived (including the email address of the
Detected character set: UTF-8
Please change your locale if this is incorrect.

Using 'Kamaraju Kusumanchi <kamaraju at gmail.com>' as your from address.
Will send report to Debian (per lsb_release).
What sort of request is this? (If none of these things mean anything to you, or
you are trying to report a bug in an existing package, please press
Enter to exit reportbug.)

1 binnmu      binNMU requests
2 britney     testing migration script bugs
3 other       None of the other options
4 rm          Stable/Testing removal requests
5 squeeze-pu  squeeze proposed updates requests
6 transition  transition tracking
7 unblock     unblock requests
8 wheezy-pu   wheezy proposed updates requests

Choose the request type: 1
Please enter the name of the package: smartmontools
Checking status database...
Latest version seems to be 6.3+svn4002-2+b1, is this the proper one ? [Y|n|?]?
Is this request for specific architectures? [y|N|?]? N
binNMU changelog entry:

Here are the uncommented lines of my ~/.reportbugrc
rajulocal at hogwarts:~$ stuff.pl ~/.reportbugrc
reportbug_version "6.4.4"
mode novice
ui gtk2
email "kamaraju at gmail.com"
header "X-Debbugs-CC: kamaraju at gmail.com"
smtphost reportbug.debian.org

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

** /home/rajulocal/.reportbugrc:
reportbug_version "6.4.4"
mode novice
ui gtk2
email "kamaraju at gmail.com"
header "X-Debbugs-CC: kamaraju at gmail.com"
smtphost reportbug.debian.org

-- System Information:
Debian Release: jessie/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.14-2-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: sysvinit (via /sbin/init)

Versions of packages reportbug depends on:
ii  apt     
ii  python            2.7.5-5
ii  python-reportbug  6.6.1
pn  python:any        <none>

reportbug recommends no packages.

Versions of packages reportbug suggests:
pn  claws-mail                                 <none>
pn  debconf-utils                              <none>
pn  debsums                                    <none>
ii  dlocate                                    1.02+nmu3
pn  emacs23-bin-common | emacs24-bin-common    <none>
ii  exim4                                      4.84-2
ii  exim4-daemon-light [mail-transport-agent]  4.84-2
ii  file                                       1:5.20-2
ii  gnupg                                      1.4.16-1.1
ii  python-gtk2                                2.24.0-3+b1
ii  python-gtkspell                            2.25.3-13
pn  python-urwid                               <none>
ii  python-vte                                 1:0.28.2-5
ii  xdg-utils                                  1.1.0~rc1+git20111210-7.1

Versions of packages python-reportbug depends on:
ii  apt     
ii  python-debian     0.1.21+nmu2
ii  python-debianbts  1.12
pn  python:any        <none>

python-reportbug suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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