BUGFILER(8) System Manager's Manual BUGFILER(8)
bugfiler - file bug reports in folders automatically
bugfiler [ mail directory ]
Bugfiler is a program to automatically intercept bug reports, summarize
them and store them in the appropriate sub directories of the mail
directory specified on the command line or the (system dependent)
default. It is designed to be compatible with the Rand MH mail system.
Bugfiler is normally invoked by the mail delivery program through
aliases(5) with a line such as the following in /usr/lib/aliases.
It reads the message from the standard input or the named file, checks
the format and returns mail acknowledging receipt or a message indicat-
ing the proper format. Valid reports are then summarized and filed in
the appropriate folder. Users can then log onto the system and check
the summary file for bugs that pertain to them. Bug reports are sub-
mitted in RFC822 format and must contain the following header lines:
Date: <date the report is received>
From: <valid return address>
Subject: <short summary of the problem>
Index: <source directory>/<source file> <version> [Fix]
In addition, the body of the message must contain a line which begins
with ``Description:'' followed by zero or more lines describing the
problem in detail and a line beginning with ``Repeat-By:'' followed by
zero or more lines describing how to repeat the problem. If the key-
word `Fix' is specified in the `Index' line, then there must also be a
line beginning with ``Fix:'' followed by a diff of the old and new
source files or a description of what was done to fix the problem.
The `Index' line is the key to the filing mechanism. The source direc-
tory name must match one of the folder names in the mail directory.
The message is then filed in this folder and a line appended to the
summary file in the following format:
<folder name>/<message number> <Index info>
/usr/new/lib/mh/deliver mail delivery program
/usr/new/lib/mh/unixtomh converts unix mail format to mh format
maildir/.ack the message sent in acknowledgement
maildir/.format the message sent when format errors are
maildir/summary the summary file
maildir/Bf?????? temporary copy of the input message
maildir/Rp?????? temporary file for the reply message.
mh(1), newaliases(1), aliases(5)
Since mail can be forwarded in a number of different ways, bugfiler
does not recognize forwarded mail and will reply/complain to the for-
warder instead of the original sender unless there is a `Reply-To'
field in the header.
Duplicate messages should be discarded or recognized and put somewhere
4th Berkeley Distribution 18 July 1983 BUGFILER(8)