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       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.

       -v, --version
              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.   You  can  specify  help  to  get  a  list of supported

       -m, --mbox
              Retrieve the given bug number as  a  mailbox  file,  instead  of
              viewing it.  It will be dumped to standard output.

       --proxy=PROXY, --http_proxy=PROXY
              Specify  the  WWW proxy server to use to handle the query of 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.

       -w, --web
              Launch  a  web browser to view bug reports, instead of using the
              internal interface.  This will also allow you to see all of  the
              discussion  about  a  particular  bug,  instead  of  the initial
              report.  (Only the first bug number on the command line will  be


       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  arguments;  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 GNU long options  for  querybts
       are   supported,   without  leading  --  sequences.   See  the  default
       /etc/reportbug.conf for all acceptable options.  Options only supported
       by reportbug will be silently ignored.


              Colon-separated  list of web browsers to try; they will be tried
              in order, until one succeeds.  You can use %s to substitute  the
              URL  to be used, and %% to insert a literal percent sign.  If no
              %s is specified, the URL will be supplied as a normal  argument.

              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).


       Python’s getopt module is pickier than GNU getopt() about the order  of
       command  line  arguments;  all  switches  must  be specified before the
       package name.

       You must have the python-newt package installed to run this program.


       reportbug(1), reportbug.conf(5)


       Chris Lawrence <>.