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send problem report (PR) about CVS to a central support site


cvsbug [ site ] [ -f problem-report ] [ -t mail-address ]
[ -P ] [ -L ] [ --request-id ] [ -v ]


cvsbug is a tool used to submit problem reports (PRs) to a central support site.  In most cases the correct site will be the default.  This argument indicates the support site which is responsible for the category of problem involved.  Some sites may use a local address as a default.   site values are defined by using the aliases(5).

cvsbug invokes an editor on a problem report template (after trying to fill in some fields with reasonable default values).  When you exit the editor, cvsbug sends the completed form to the Problem Report Management System (GNATS) at a central support site.  At the support site, the PR is assigned a unique number and is stored in the GNATS database according to its category and submitter-id.  GNATS automatically replies with an acknowledgement, citing the category and the PR number.

To ensure that a PR is handled promptly, it should contain your (unique) submitter-id and one of the available categories to identify the problem area.  (Use `cvsbug -L' to see a list of categories.)

The cvsbug template at your site should already be customized with your submitter-id (running `install-sid submitter-id' to accomplish this is part of the installation procedures for cvsbug). If this hasn't been done, see your system administrator for your submitter-id, or request one from your support site by invoking `cvsbug --request-id'. If your site does not distinguish between different user sites, or if you are not affiliated with the support site, use `net' for this field.

The more precise your problem description and the more complete your information, the faster your support team can solve your problems.


-f problem-report

specify a file (problem-report) which already contains a complete problem report. cvsbug sends the contents of the file without invoking the editor.  If  the value for problem-report is `-', then cvsbug reads from standard input.

-t mail-address

Change mail address at the support site for problem reports.  The default mail-address is the address used for the default site. Use the site argument rather than this option in nearly all cases.


print the form specified by the environment variable PR_FORM on standard output.  If PR_FORM is not set, print the standard blank PR template.  No mail is sent.


print the list of available categories.  No mail is sent.


sends mail to the default support site, or site if specified, with a request for your submitter-id. If you are not affiliated with site, use a submitter-id of net'.


Display the cvsbug version number.

Note: use cvsbug to submit problem reports rather than mailing them directly.  Using both the template and cvsbug itself will help ensure all necessary information will reach the support site.


The environment variable EDITOR specifies the editor to invoke on the template.
default: vi

If the environment variable PR_FORM is set, then its value is used as the file name of the template for your problem-report editing session.  You can use this to start with a partially completed form (for example, a form with the identification fields already completed).

How to Fill out a Problem Report

Problem reports have to be in a particular form so that a program can easily manage them.  Please remember the following guidelines:

See the GNU Info file cvsbug.info or the document Reporting Problems With cvsbug for detailed information on reporting problems

How to Submit Test Cases, Code, etc.

Submit small code samples with the PR.  Contact the support site for instructions on submitting larger test cases and problematic source code.


/tmp/p$$copy of PR used in editing session
/tmp/pf$$copy of empty PR form, for testing purposes
/tmp/pbad$$file for rejected PRs

Installation and Configuration

See INSTALL for installation instructions.

See Also

gnats(l), query-pr(1), edit-pr(1), gnats(8), queue-pr(8), at-pr(8), mkcat(8), mkdist(8).


Jeffrey Osier, Brendan Kehoe, Jason Merrill, Heinz G. Seidl (Cygnus Support)


Copyright (c) 1992, 1993 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this manual provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

Permission is granted to copy and distribute modified versions of this manual under the conditions for verbatim copying, provided that the entire resulting derived work is distributed under the terms of a permission notice identical to this one.

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xVERSIONx February 1993