Introduction to the bug system request server There is a mailserver which can send the bug reports and indices as plain text on request. To use it you send a mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Subject of the message is ignored, except for generating the Subject of the reply. The body you send should be a series of commands, one per line. You'll receive a reply which looks like a transcript of your message being interpreted, with a response to each command. No notifications are sent to anyone for the commands listed here and the mail isn't logged anywhere publicly available. Any text on a line starting with a hash sign # is ignored; the server will stop processing when it finds a line with a control terminator ( quit, thank you, or two hyphens are common examples). It will also stop if it encounters too many unrecognised or badly-formatted commands. If no commands are successfully handled it will send the help text for the server. Commands available send bugnumber send-detail bugnumber Requests the transcript for the bug report in question. send-detail sends all of the "boring" messages in the transcript as well, such as the various auto-acks. index [full] index-summary by-package index-summary by-number Request the full index (with full details, and including done and forwarded reports), or the summary sorted by package or by number, respectively. index-maint Requests the index page giving the list of maintainers with bugs (open and recently-closed) in the tracking system. index maint maintainer Requests the index pages of bugs in the system for the maintainer maintainer. The search term is an exact match. The bug index will be sent in a separate message. index-packages Requests the index page giving the list of packages with bugs (open and recently-closed) in the tracking system. index packages package Requests the index pages of bugs in the system for the package package. The search term is an exact match. The bug index will be sent in a separate message. send-unmatched [this|0] send-unmatched last|-1 send-unmatched old|-2 Requests logs of messages not matched to a particular bug report, for this week, last week and the week before. (Each week ends on a Wednesday.) getinfo filename Request a file containing information about package(s) and or maintainer(s) - the files available are: maintainers The unified list of packages' maintainers, as used by the tracking system. This is derived from information in the Packages files, override files and pseudo-packages files. override.distribution override.distribution.non-free override.distribution.contrib override.experimental Information about the priorities and sections of packages and overriding values for the maintainers. This information is used by the process which generates the Packages files in the FTP archive. Information is available for each of the main distribution trees available, by their codewords. pseudo-packages.description pseudo-packages.maintainers List of descriptions and maintainers respectively for pseudo-packages. refcard Requests that the mailservers' reference card be sent in plain ASCII. help Requests that this help document be sent by email in plain ASCII. quit stop thank thanks thankyou thank you -- Stops processing at this point of the message. After this you may include any text you like, and it will be ignored. You can use this to include longer comments than are suitable for #, for example for the benefit of human readers of your message (reading it via the tracking system logs or due to a CC or BCC). #... One-line comment. The # must be at the start of the line. debug level Sets the debugging level to level, which should be a nonnegative integer. 0 is no debugging; 1 is usually sufficient. The debugging output appears in the transcript. It is not likely to be useful to general users of the bug system. There is a reference card for the mailservers, available via the WWW, in bug-mailserver-refcard.txt or by email using the refcard command (see above). If you wish to manipulate bug reports you should use the email@example.com address, which understands a superset of the commands listed above. This is described in another document, available on the WWW, in the file bug-maint-mailcontrol.txt, or by sending help to control@bugs. In case you are reading this as a plain text file or via email: an HTML version is available via the bug system main contents page http://www.debian.org/Bugs/. __________________________________________________________________
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