sendbug - report a bug in OpenBSD
sendbug [-LPV] [--version]
sendbug is a tool used to submit problem reports (PRs) to
bugs database. sendbug invokes an editor on a problem report template
(after filling in some fields with reasonable default values). When you
exit the editor, sendbug sends the completed form to the
database. The PR will be assigned a unique number and
stored in the bugs
database according to its category. An automatic reply will
be sent with
an acknowledgement, citing the category and the PR number.
To ensure that a PR is handled promptly, it should specify
one of the
available categories to identify the problem area. (Use
sendbug -L to
see a list of categories.)
The more precise your problem description and the more complete your information,
the faster the OpenBSD team will be able to solve
The options are as follows:
-L Print the list of available categories. No mail is
-P Print the form specified by the environment variable
standard output. If PR_FORM is not set, print the
PR template. No mail is sent.
-V Display the sendbug version number.
Same as -V.
Note: Use sendbug to submit problem reports rather than
mailing them directly.
Using both the template and sendbug itself will
help ensure all
necessary information will reach the OpenBSD bugs database.
EDITOR Specifies the editor to invoke on the template.
The default editor
PR_FORM Used as the file name of the template for your
editing session. You can use this to start with a
completed form (for example, a form with the identification
fields already completed).
HOW TO FILL OUT A PROBLEM REPORT [Toc] [Back]
Problem reports have to be in a particular form so that a
easily manage them. Please remember the following guidelines:
+o Describe only one problem per 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 bugs database
to relate several
mail messages to a particular PR and to record them
+o Please try to be as accurate as possible in the subject
+o The contents of the PR is not confidential; it is sent
out to a public
mailing list. Sensitive, security-related issues
should be sent
via email to <security@OpenBSD.org>.
HOW TO SUBMIT TEST CASES, CODE, ETC.
Submit small code samples with the PR. Contact <bugs@OpenBSD.org> for
instructions on submitting larger test cases and problematic
/tmp/p.XXXXXXXXXX copy of PR used in editing session
/tmp/pf.XXXXXXXXXX copy of empty PR form (testing purposes)
/tmp/pbad.XXXXXXXXXX file for rejected PRs
Jeffrey Osier, Brendan Kehoe, Jason Merrill, Heinz G. Seidl
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February 27, 2003
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