|querybts(1)||General Commands Manual||querybts(1)|
querybts - view outstanding bug reports on a debbugs server
querybts [options] <package | number [number2]...>
querybts is designed to provide a convenient and easy-to-use interface to the Debbugs bug tracking system, as used by Debian and several other projects. You can specify a package name or one or more report numbers.
The program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`--'). A summary of options are included below.
- -h, --help
- Show summary of options.
- Show the version of querybts and exit.
- -A, --archive
- Browse archived bugs instead of current reports. Debbugs servers clear out closed reports after 28 days and place them in a separate archive; this option allows those older, resolved reports to be viewed (at least for servers that maintain an archive).
- -B SYSTEM, --bts=SYSTEM
- Instead of the Debian bug server, use the server specified by SYSTEM. Valid options are default and debian but check --help for an updated list.
- -b, --buglist
- Display a bugs list for the given package.
- Display the bug reports list sorted and with the latest reports at the top.
- Specify a command to open the bug reports mbox file. You can use %s to substitute the mbox file to be used, and %% to insert a literal percent sign. If no %s is specified, the mbox file name is supplied at the end of the argument list.
- -m, --mbox
- Retrieve the given bug number(s) or package name(s) as a mailbox file, instead of viewing it. It will be dumped to standard output.
- --proxy=PROXY, --http_proxy=PROXY
- Specify the WWW proxy server to use to handle the queries to the bug tracking system. You should only need this parameter if you are behind a firewall.
- -s, --source
- Query on source packages, rather than binary packages.
- Specify the network timeout, the number of seconds to wait for a resource
to respond. If nothing is specified, a default timeout of 1 minute is
In case of a network error, there are chances it's due to a too low timeout: try passing the --timeout option with a higher value than default.
- -u INTERFACE, --ui=INTERFACE, --interface=INTERFACE
- Specify the user interface to use. Valid options are text, urwid, gtk; default is taken from the reportbug configuration files.
- -w, --web
- Launch a web browser to view bug reports, instead of using the internal interface. This will also allow you to see the whole discussion about a particular bug at once, instead of one message at a time as querybts would do. (Only the first bug number on the command line will be opened.)
querybts supports a simple run control file syntax. Commands are read from /etc/reportbug.conf and $HOME/.reportbugrc with commands in the latter overriding those in the former.
Commands are not case sensitive, and currently take 0 or 1 argument; arguments containing whitespace must be enclosed in quotes.
Any line starting with # is taken to be a comment and will be ignored.
Generally, options corresponding to the long options for querybts are supported, without leading -- sequences. See the default /etc/reportbug.conf for all acceptable options and reportbug.conf(5) for all acceptable options and detailed information.
Options only supported by reportbug will be silently ignored.
- Provides the address of a proxy server to handle the BTS query. This should be a valid http URL for a proxy server, including any required port number (simply specifying a hostname, or omitting a port other than 80, WILL NOT WORK).
Chris Lawrence <email@example.com>, Sandro Tosi <firstname.lastname@example.org>.