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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 numbers.


       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.

              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.  Valid
              options are default and debian but check --help for an updated list.

       -b, --buglist
              Display a bugs list for the given package.

              Display the bug reports list sorted and with the latest reports at the top.

              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.

       -m, --mbox
              Retrieve the given bug number(s) or package name(s) 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 queries to 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.

              Specify the network timeout, the number of  seconds  to  wait  for  a  resource  to
              respond. If nothing is specified, a default timeout of 1 minute is selected.

              In  case  of  a network error, there are chances it's due to a too low timeout: try
              passing the --timeout option with a higher value than default.

       -u INTERFACE, --ui=INTERFACE, --interface=INTERFACE
              Specify the user interface to use.  Valid options are text, urwid, gtk2; default is
              taken from the reportbug configuration files.

       -w, --web
              Launch  a web browser to view bug reports, instead of using the internal interface.
              This will also allow you to see the whole discussion  about  a  particular  bug  at
              once,  instead  of one message at a time as querybts would do.  (Only the first bug
              number on the command line will be opened.)


       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 argument; 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 long options for querybts are supported, without
       leading -- sequences.  See the default /etc/reportbug.conf for all acceptable options  and
       reportbug.conf(5) for all acceptable options and detailed information.

       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

       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).


       reportbug(1), reportbug.conf(5)


       Chris Lawrence <>, Sandro Tosi <>.