CVSBUG(8) System Manager's Manual CVSBUG(8)
cvsbug - send problem report (PR) about CVS to a central support site
cvsbug [ site ] [ -f problem-report ] [ -t mail-address ]
[ -P ] [ -L ] [ --request-id ] [ -v ]
cvsbug is a tool used to submit problem reports (PRs) to a central sup-
port site. In most cases the correct site will be the default. This
argument indicates the support site which is responsible for the cate-
gory of problem involved. Some sites may use a local address as a
default. site values are defined by using the aliases(5).
cvsbug invokes an editor on a problem report template (after trying to
fill in some fields with reasonable default values). When you exit the
editor, cvsbug sends the completed form to the Problem Report Manage-
ment System (GNATS) at a central support site. At the support site,
the PR is assigned a unique number and is stored in the GNATS database
according to its category and submitter-id. GNATS automatically
replies with an acknowledgement, citing the category and the PR number.
To ensure that a PR is handled promptly, it should contain your
(unique) submitter-id and one of the available categories to identify
the problem area. (Use `cvsbug -L' to see a list of categories.)
The cvsbug template at your site should already be customized with your
submitter-id (running `install-sid submitter-id' to accomplish this is
part of the installation procedures for cvsbug). If this hasn't been
done, see your system administrator for your submitter-id, or request
one from your support site by invoking `cvsbug --request-id'. If your
site does not distinguish between different user sites, or if you are
not affiliated with the support site, use `net' for this field.
The more precise your problem description and the more complete your
information, the faster your support team can solve your problems.
specify a file (problem-report) which already contains a com-
plete problem report. cvsbug sends the contents of the file
without invoking the editor. If the value for problem-report is
`-', then cvsbug reads from standard input.
Change mail address at the support site for problem reports.
The default mail-address is the address used for the default
site. Use the site argument rather than this option in nearly
-P print the form specified by the environment variable PR_FORM on
standard output. If PR_FORM is not set, print the standard
blank PR template. No mail is sent.
-L print the list of available categories. No mail is sent.
sends mail to the default support site, or site if specified,
with a request for your submitter-id. If you are not affiliated
with site, use a submitter-id of net'.
-v Display the cvsbug version number.
Note: use cvsbug to submit problem reports rather than mailing them
directly. Using both the template and cvsbug itself will help ensure
all necessary information will reach the support site.
The environment variable EDITOR specifies the editor to invoke on the
If the environment variable PR_FORM is set, then its value is used as
the file name of the template for your problem-report editing session.
You can use this to start with a partially completed form (for example,
a form with the identification fields already completed).
HOW TO FILL OUT A PROBLEM REPORT
Problem reports have to be in a particular form so that a program can
easily manage them. Please remember the following guidelines:
o describe only one problem with each problem report.
o For follow-up mail, use the same subject line as the one in the
automatic acknowledgement. It consists of category, PR number and
the original synopsis line. This allows the support site to relate
several mail messages to a particular PR and to record them automat-
o Please try to be as accurate as possible in the subject and/or syn-
o The subject and the synopsis line are not confidential. This is
because open-bugs lists are compiled from them. Avoid confidential
See the GNU Info file cvsbug.info or the document Reporting Problems
With cvsbug for detailed information on reporting problems
HOW TO SUBMIT TEST CASES, CODE, ETC.
Submit small code samples with the PR. Contact the support site for
instructions on submitting larger test cases and problematic source
/tmp/p$$ copy of PR used in editing session
/tmp/pf$$ copy of empty PR form, for testing purposes
/tmp/pbad$$ file for rejected PRs
INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION
See INSTALL for installation instructions.
gnats(l), query-pr(1), edit-pr(1), gnats(8), queue-pr(8), at-pr(8),
Jeffrey Osier, Brendan Kehoe, Jason Merrill, Heinz G. Seidl (Cygnus
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