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

       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

       -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

       --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 selected.

              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

       -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).

       reportbug(1), reportbug.conf(5)

       Chris Lawrence <lawrencc@debian.org>, Sandro Tosi <morph@debian.org>.