mass-bug - mass-file a bug report against a list of packages
mass-bug [options] --subject="bug subject" template package-list
mass-bug assists in filing a mass bug report in the Debian BTS on a set of packages. For each package in the package-list file (which should list one package per line together with an optional version number separated from the package name by an underscore), it fills out the template, adds BTS pseudo-headers, and either displays or sends the bug report.
Warning: Some care has been taken to avoid unpleasant and common mistakes, but this is still a power tool that can generate massive amounts of bug report mails. Use it with care, and read the documentation in the Developer's Reference about mass filing of bug reports first.
The template file is the body of the message that will be sent for each bug report, excluding the BTS pseudo-headers. In the template, #PACKAGE# is replaced with the name of the package. If a version was specified for the package, #VERSION# will be replaced by that version.
The components of the version number may be specified using #EPOCH#, #UPSTREAM_VERSION# and #REVISION#. #EPOCH# includes the trailing colon and #REVISION# the leading dash so that #EPOCH#UPSTREAM_VERSION##REVISION# is always the same as #VERSION#.
Note that text in the template will be automatically word-wrapped to 70 columns, up to the start of a signature (indicated by '-- ' at the start of a line on its own). This is another reason to avoid including BTS pseudo-headers in your template.
mass-bug examines the devscripts configuration files as described below. Command line options override the configuration file settings, though.
DEBEMAIL and EMAIL can be set in the environment to control the email address that the bugs are sent from.
The two configuration files /etc/devscripts.conf and ~/.devscripts are sourced by a shell in that order to set configuration variables. Command line options can be used to override configuration file settings. Environment variable settings are ignored for this purpose. The currently recognised variables are:
This program is Copyright (C) 2006 by Joey Hess <email@example.com>.
It is licensed under the terms of the GPL, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>