When I was using Debian, there was a tool called reportbug.

Ironically, the tool itself was probably the buggiest program I have ever used. I was never, ever actually able to make a successful bug report in the graphical mode.

However, the tool seems to be a good idea. I don't have to go through some online identification process, or do any browser-business - I'd just fire up a program, fill out a few forms, and that was it.

Is there something like that for the Fedora operating system? Or for Gnome itself?

Because, sometimes, I encounter weird bugs and errors, and I think it would come in handy to have such a tool at my fingertips.


Command Line Tools

  • There is a Fedora-specific command line interface to bugzilla provided by the python-bugzilla package. This may be the closest to thing to Debian's reportbug.

  • As an alternative, you can try the generic command line interface provided by the pybugz package. However, this is not a Fedora-specific tool.

  • There is another Fedora-specific command line tool called perl-Fedora-Bugzilla. However, this package has been orphaned and it may not be compatible with the latest version of bugzilla that Fedora is using1.

GUI Tool

  • Fedora uses Automatic Bug Reporting Tool (abrt). In most installations it is enabled and running by default. It is supposed to automatically fire a notification when a program crashes and guide you through the appropriate steps to file a bug to bugzilla.redhat.com. You can launch it manually and review the previous crash reports by going to Activities and typing abrt.

    Unfortunately, this tool cannot be used to create whatever bug you want. The bug must be based on a crash that the tool noticed.

1 See Bug 823417

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  • abrt is heavily impaired by the fact that it doesn't let you report bugs manually - and it's a hindrance to UX if users need two different tools for various classes of bugs... – jcora May 15 '13 at 18:35
  • I will use the first option, I suppose. To which address should I file Fedora-related bugs? – jcora May 15 '13 at 18:35
  • It looks like I was mistaken about bugzilla. I've corrected the answer so that it's Fedora-specific (you don't need to specify an address to submit Fedora bugs). Also, the tool is provided by the python-bugzilla package, not the bugzilla package. Sorry for the mistakes. – drs May 15 '13 at 19:20

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