[Reportbug-maint] Bug#735947: reportbug: Missing Dependencies for package

Z bugs at theloosespoke.org.uk
Sat Jan 18 22:18:47 UTC 2014

Package: reportbug
Version: 6.4.4
Severity: important

Dear Maintainer,
I installed debian, and tried to run reportbug. When you initially boot it, it
hasn't got a GUI, and instructs you to install one - then again with a spell-
checker. Both of these things are quite off-putting, and discourage people from
reporting minor bugs. I know it isn't a one off as I have had it installing
debian several times.  Reportbug currently is not easy or stable enough to
encourage novice users from reporting the small issues that can make debian
difficult for un-technical users. This is a hurdle itself to overcome, but it
also probably contributes to lots of the issues with the GUI not being delt
with, as more technical users are happy to use the CLI instead, so problems are
overlooked. A better approach would be to automatically install the two
dependencies (python-gtkspell is one of them i think, can't remember, although
it says), and offer the CLI/ inform people of how to use it, when launching
that way. This would be an important starting point to fixing the many bugs and
usability issues in reportbug's interface, rather than ignoring them.

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

** /home/zack/.reportbugrc:
reportbug_version "6.4.4"
mode standard
ui gtk2
realname "Z"
email "bugs at theloosespoke.org.uk"
header "X-Debbugs-CC: bugs at theloosespoke.org.uk"
smtphost reportbug.debian.org

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

Kernel: Linux 3.12-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages reportbug depends on:
ii  apt     
ii  python            2.7.5-5
ii  python-reportbug  6.4.4

reportbug recommends no packages.

Versions of packages reportbug suggests:
pn  claws-mail                                 <none>
pn  debconf-utils                              <none>
pn  debsums                                    <none>
pn  dlocate                                    <none>
pn  emacs22-bin-common | emacs23-bin-common    <none>
ii  exim4                                      4.82-3
ii  exim4-daemon-light [mail-transport-agent]  4.82-3
ii  file                                       1:5.14-2
ii  gnupg                                      1.4.16-1
ii  python-gtk2                                2.24.0-3+b1
ii  python-gtkspell                            2.25.3-12
pn  python-urwid                               <none>
ii  python-vte                                 1:0.28.2-5
ii  xdg-utils                                  1.1.0~rc1+git20111210-7

Versions of packages python-reportbug depends on:
ii  apt     
ii  python            2.7.5-5
ii  python-debian     0.1.21+nmu2
ii  python-debianbts  1.11
ii  python-support    1.0.15

python-reportbug suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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