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flea - Report a bug (or rather a flea) in mutt.
flea is a shell script which helps you to submit a bug report against
the mutt(1) mail user agent.
If you invoke flea, you’ll first be prompted for a short description of
the problem you experience. This will be used as the bug report’s sub-
ject line, so it should be concise, but informative.
You are then asked to assign an initial severity level to the problem
you observe; flea will give you a description which severity level is
appropriate or not.
Then, you are asked for the location of a core dump (normally named
core) which may have been left over by a crash of your mutt(1). You
can just type “no” here, or you can enter the path leading to a core
dump. flea will try to use either sdb(1), dbx(1), or gdb(1) to extract
some information from this core dump which may be helpful to developers
in order to determine the reason for the crash.
Finally, you are asked whether or not you want to include personal and
system mutt(1) configuration files with the bug report. If at all pos-
sible, we urge you to answer these questions with “yes”, since a refer-
ence configuration makes it incredibly easier to track down a problem.
If you are using Debian GNU/Linux, flea will now check whether or not
mutt has been installed as a Debian package on your system, and suggest
to file the bug against the mutt(1) and Debian bug tracking systems.
This option was added since the mutt(1) project uses another instantia-
tion of the Debian bug tracking system, so submitting bugs against both
systems in one pass is simple.
You are then dropped into your favorite editor as determined by the
EDITOR and VISUAL environment variables.
Please give us details about the problem in the empty space below the
line reading “Please type your report below this line”. We are most
interested in precise information on what symptoms you observe and what
steps may be used to reproduce the bug. Chances are that problems
which can easily be reproduced will be fixed quickly. So please take
some time when filling out this part of the template.
The remainder of the template contains various kinds of information
gathered from your system, including output of the uname(1) command,
output from mutt(1) itself, and your system’s mutt(1) configuration
files. You may wish to browse through this part of the bug report form
in order to avoid leaking confidential information to the public.
If you leave the editor, flea will give you the option to review, re-
edit, submit, or abandon your bug report. If you decide to submit it,
a mail message containing your report will be sent to <sub-
email@example.com>. You’ll receive a copy of this message.
While your bug report is being processed by the bug tracking system,
you will receive various e-mail messages from the bug tracking system
informing you about what’s going on: Once your bug report has been
entered into the bug tracking system, it will be assigned a unique
serial number about which you are informed via e-mail. If you wish to
submit additional information about the bug, you can just send it to
the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later, you will most likely receive questions from the developers about
the problem you observed, and you will eventually be informed that your
bug report has been closed. This means that the bug has been fixed at
least in the cvs(1) repository. If the answers you receive don’t sat-
isfy you, don’t hesitate to contact the developers directly under mutt-
You can also browse your bug report and all additional information and
replies connected to it using the bug tracking system’s Web interface
under the following URL: http://bugs.guug.de/
flea will use the following environment variables:
EMAIL Your electronic mail address. Will be used to set the bug
report’s From header, and to send you a copy of the report.
Your login name. If the EMAIL environment variable isn’t set,
this will be used instead to send you a copy of the report.
Setting the sender will be left to sendmail(1) on your system.
If set, the bug report will contain a Reply-To header with the
e-mail address contained in this environment variable.
If set, the bug report will contain an Organization header with
the contents of this environment variable.
PAGER If set, this environment variable will be expected to contain
the path to your favorite pager for viewing the bug report. If
unset, more(1) will be used.
VISUAL If set, this environment variable will be expected to contain
the path to your favorite visual editor.
EDITOR If set, this environment variable will be expected to contain
the path to your favorite editor. This variable is examined if
and only if the VISUAL environment variable is unset. If EDITOR
is unset, vi(1) will be used to edit the bug report.
core If present, this file may contain a post-mortem memory dump of
mutt. It will be inspected using the debugger installed on your
dbx(1), gdb(1), lynx(1), mutt(1), muttrc(5), sdb(1), sendmail(1),
The mutt bug tracking system: http://bugs.guug.de/
flea and this manual page were written by Thomas Roessler
Unix July 2000 flea(1)
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