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reportbug.conf - The configuration file for reportbug


/etc/reportbug.conf - The configuration file for reportbug, a program designed to report bugs in the Debian distribution


This manual page describes the layout of the reportbug and querybts configuration file and the available configuration options. The default location of the file is /etc/reportbug.conf and the options may be overriding in $HOME/.reportbugrc (which follows the same format as reportbug.conf).

Please note that any configuration file has to be a valid UTF-8 document, and not in a different locale; this is particularly important in situations where localized characters have to be used (like for realname).


Configuration options can be specified in the form

option-name option-value

True/False (boolean) options can be specified as


(if it's present, it's a True).

Usually, no-option will disable option if option is boolean.

Options can be specified in any order.


The summary of possible options (in alphabetical order) is as follows:

The bug tracking system to use, see reportbug --bts=help for a list of currently supported BTSes.
Whether the reporter should be Cc:ed on the bug report.
Whether should be queried for newer releases of the package. In advanced and expert mode, is also checked.
Whether modified configuration files included in the bug report should be stripped down.
Whether modified configuration files should be included with the bug report.
The directory where unsubmitted reports should be saved. The default is /tmp.
The editor to use to edit the bug report. Example:

editor "emacs -nw"

Default From address of the bug email (override with environment variables, see reportbug(1)). Example:

email ""

Specify the Envelope From mail header (also known as Return-path); by default it's the From address but it can be selected a different one in case the MTA doesn't canonicalize local users to public addresses.

Send a carbon copy of the report to your automatically detected email address after a report number is assigned, like the --list-cc-me option.

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. Example:

mbox_reader_cmd "mutt -f %s"

Additional headers to add to the bug email. Like:

header "X-Debbugs-CC:"
header "X-Silly-Header: I haven't edited my /etc/reportbug.conf"
header "X-Debbugs-No-Ack: please" # to suppress acknowledgments

Note that setting additional headers may not work reliably if the bug email is passed to an external MUA for submission.

Default HTTP proxy used to query the BTS (override with environment variables, see reportbug(1)). Example:


The justification in case of a Release Critical bug (severity either 'critical', 'serious' or 'grave'). Example:

justification "text here"

The GPG key to use, if different from the default one on the system. Example:

keyid 12345678

See the --maintonly entry in reportbug(1).
The max size any attachment can have. Example:

max_attachment_size 5000000

Use the mh mailer.
The address of a BTS mirror. Example:

mirror http://mirror.address/

The default operating mode for reportbug(1).
The path to the MTA used. Any SMTP server on Debian should be OK with the default:

mta /usr/sbin/sendmail

The mail user agent to use (the default is empty, to use an internal mailer). Example:

mua 'mutt -H'

Use the mutt mailer.
Use the nmh mailer.
Disables checking whether the UIDs are outside admin range (root is still checked).
Disables adding the debconf-show output to the bug report.
Disables querying the source packages for bugs.
Disables all external queries.
Paranoid mode: print the whole email envelope before sending it.
Print the report on screen, don't sent it.
Whether the BTS should be queried for existing bug reports.
See the --report-quiet entry in reportbug(1).
The default real-name in the From address of the bug email (override with environment variables, see reportbug(1)). Example:

realname "Humberto Flores III"

The default Reply-To in the bug email (override with environment variables, see reportbug(1). Example:

replyto "Humberto Flores <>"

The default severity level of the bug reported. Setting this in the configuration file will disable prompting while running reportbug.
Program used to digitally sign bug reports automatically ('none' to disable it).
Use an MTA different from /usr/sbin/sendmail. A port number other than 25 can also be specified. Example:


Use "smtphost localhost" to enable the internal MTA.

The password to use for SMTP. Example:

smtppasswd f10r35

The username to use for SMTP. Example:

smtpuser hflores

Enables TLS encryption for the SMTP connection, using STARTTLS. This setting is ignored if you connect to port 465, in which case SSL/TLS will always be used.
Use submit as the bug submission address.
Use the template mode, bypasses all prompts and the output it sent to stdout.
The number of seconds to wait for a network resource to respond. The default is 60 seconds. Example:

timeout 30

The user interface that querybts(1) and reportbug(1) should use.
Enables automatic verification of package installation before reporting using debsums, if available.


reportbug(1), querybts(1)


reportbug was written by Chris Lawrence <> and it's now maintained by Sandro Tosi <>.

This manual page was written by Y Giridhar Appaji Nag <> for the Debian project, but may be used by others.