REPORTBUG.CONF(5)             File Formats Manual            REPORTBUG.CONF(5)

       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

       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

       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:

       bts    The bug tracking system to use, see reportbug --help searching
              for --bts option for a list of currently supported BTSes.

       cc (boolean)
              Whether the reporter should be Cc:ed on the bug report.

       check-available (boolean)
              Whether should be queried for newer releases
              of the package.  In advanced and expert mode,
              are also checked.

       compress (boolean)
              Whether modified configuration files included in the bug report
              should be stripped down.

       config-files (boolean)
              Whether modified configuration files should be included with the
              bug report.

       editor The editor to use to edit the bug report.  Example:

              editor "emacs -nw"

       email  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.

       list-cc-me (boolean)
              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"

       header 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

              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"

       keyid  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

       mh     Use the mh mailer.

       mirror The address of a BTS mirror. Example:

              mirror http://mirror.address/

       mode [novice|standard|advanced|expert]
              The default operating mode for reportbug(1).

       mta    The path to the MTA used.  Any SMTP server on Debian should be
              OK with the default:

              mta /usr/sbin/sendmail

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

              mua 'mutt -H'

       mutt   Use the mutt mailer.

       nmh    Use the nmh mailer.

       no-check-uid (boolean)
              Disables checking whether the UIDs are outside admin range (root
              is still checked).

       no-debconf (boolean)
              Disables adding the debconf-show output to the bug report.

       no-query-source (boolean)
              Disables querying the source packages for bugs.

              Disables all external queries.

              Output the full email contents (including headers) to the
              specified file instead of sending it. Example:

              outfile "~/reportbug_report"

              Paranoid mode: print the whole email envelope before sending it.

              Print the report on screen, don't sent it.

       query-bts (boolean)
              Whether the BTS should be queried for existing bug reports.

       quiet  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)).

              realname "Humberto Flores III"

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

              replyto "Humberto Flores <>"

       severity [critical|grave|serious|important|normal|minor|wishlist]
              The default severity level of the bug reported.  Setting this in
              the configuration file will disable prompting while running

       sign [gpg|pgp|gnupg|none]
              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.

       submit Use submit as the bug submission address.

              Use the template mode, bypasses all prompts and the output it
              sent to stdout.

       ui [text|urwid|gtk]
              The user interface that querybts(1) and reportbug(1) should use.

       verify 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

reportbug 3.39                     Dec 2007                  REPORTBUG.CONF(5)