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Re: Fwd: Re: Why no Opera?

On Fri, Sep 07, 2007 at 10:54:06AM +0200, Edward Welbourne wrote:

>> This allows people to send bug reports to you directly using the
>> reportbug tool,

> I'd sort of assumed Maintainer was used for that !

It is, but not in a way that is useful to you, only useful for
packages in Debian proper (or in the contrib / non-free sections of
our mirror network). By default, bug reports are sent to the Debian
bug tracking system, who does indeed send a copy of the report to the
Maintainer. But only for packages it knows about, that is those in
Debian; it takes the Maintainer field of the most recently uploaded
version of the package from its own database, not from the package as
installed on the machine the bug report was made from.

Bug reports against packages not part of Debian are, I believe,
returned with a message like "I don't know anything about package
FOO, can't take a bug for it.". Or maybe they are filed in the
"general" category, I'm not sure.


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