send-pr presents a PR template with a number of
fields already filled in with default values for the database you are
submitting to. Complete the template as thoroughly as possible to
make a useful bug report. Submit only one bug with each PR.
A template consists of three sections:
The Comments section at the top of the template contains basic
instructions for completing the Problem Report, as well as a list of
valid entries for the
Category field. One (and only one) of
these values should be placed in the
Category field further down
in the Problem Report.
SEND-PR: -*- send-pr -*- SEND-PR: Lines starting with `SEND-PR' will be removed SEND-PR: automatically as well as all comments (the text SEND-PR: below enclosed in `<' and `>'). SEND-PR: SEND-PR: Please consult the document `Reporting Problems SEND-PR: Using send-pr' if you are not sure how to fill out SEND-PR: a problem report. SEND-PR: SEND-PR: Choose from the following categories:
The comments lines are all preceded by the string SEND-PR: and are erased automatically when the PR is submitted. The instructional comments within < and > are also removed. (Only these comments are removed; lines you provide that happen to have those characters in them, such as examples of shell-level redirection, are not affected.)
The Mail Header section of the template contains a standard
mail header constructed by
send-pr can be set up
to submit PRs by e-mail or by speaking directly to the gnats
server, but since this header is part of the standard format of Problem
send-pr includes it even when it is set up to speak
directly to the server.
To: PR submission address Subject: complete this field From: your-login@your-site Reply-To: your-login@your-site X-send-pr-version: send-pr 4.1.999
send-pr automatically completes all the mail header fields except
Subject line with default values. (See Problem Report format.)
The gnats fields below the mail header form the bulk of a gnats Problem Report.
Each field is either automatically completed with valid information
(such as your
Submitter-Id) or contains a one-line instruction
specifying the information that field requires in order to be correct.
For example, the
Confidential field expects a value of yes
or no, and the answer must fit on one line; similarly, the
Synopsis field expects a short synopsis of the problem, which
must also fit on one line. Fill out the fields as completely as
possible. See Helpful hints, for suggestions as to
what kinds of information to include.
send-pr uses to fill in default values is as
follows: Your preconfigured
Submitter-Id is taken from the local
send-pr.conf configuration file.
send-pr will set the
Originator field to the value of the
variable if it has been set; similarly,
Organization will be set
to the value of
ORGANIZATION. If these variables aren't set in
send-pr uses the values set in the local
send-pr.conf configuration file, if that exists. If not, these
values are left blank in the template.
send-pr also attempts to
find out some information about your system and architecture, and places
this information in the
Environment field if it finds any.
In this example, words in italics are filled in with pre-configured information:
>Submitter-Id: your submitter-id >Originator: your name here >Organization: your organization >Confidential:<[ yes | no ] (one line)> >Synopsis: <synopsis of the problem (one line)> >Severity: <[non-critical | serious | critical](one line)> >Priority: <[ low | medium | high ] (one line)> >Category: <name of the product (one line)> >Class: <[sw-bug | doc-bug | change-request | support]> >Release: <release number (one line)> >Environment: <machine, os, target, libraries (multiple lines)> >Description: <precise description of the problem (multiple lines)> >How-To-Repeat: <code/input/activities to reproduce (multiple lines)> >Fix: <how to correct or work around the problem, if known (multiple lines)>
When you finish editing the Problem Report,
send-pr validates the
contents and if it looks OK either submits it directly to the
gnats server or submits it by mail to the address named in the
To field in the mail header.
If your PR contains one or more invalid field values,
places the PR in a temporary file named /tmp/pbadnnnn on
your machine. nnnn is the process identification number given
to your current
send-pr session. If you are running
send-pr from the shell, you are prompted as to whether or not
you wish to try editing the same Problem Report again. If you are
send-pr from Emacs, the Problem Report is placed in the
buffer *gnats-send*; you can edit this file and then submit
it with C-c C-c.