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Re: upstream bug reporting tool?

Bernd Eckenfels wrote:
> Hello,
> how should an DD handle upstream bug reporting scripts (e.g. pre configured
> Gnats clients)? ircii for example ships a "ircbug" program for that purpose.
> I left it out, cause I expected the debian user to use the debian bug
> reporting. This has the advantage, that the ircii author is not bothered
> with upstream bugs. In case of ircii the work with the upstream author works
> pretty well, he even reads debian bugs himself and sends me hints on how to
> close them.

Lucky guy.

> I know that some other packages ship those reportbug programs unmodified,
> some may even modify them as to ask the user if he realy wants to report
> this upstream instead of debian. What do you think?

I guess, I would not install upstream bug reporting tools.  Debian
user should use the Debian BTS so the Debian maintainer can filter out
all false positives and adjust the information so upstream can
actually deal with the bug report.  Having clueless users submit
clueless bug reports that annoys the upstream author, doesn't help.

There's always the chance to:

> I could also place the script somewahre in share/doc/ircii, but I feel that
> this is the wrong place, even if a lot of packages place contriv stuff
> there.

That'd be an option, I guess.



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