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Install Debian 9 and how to report a bug

I wanted to report a request for feature to bowtie2 package on Debian project Checking and asking how to report a bug to the bug tracking system (= BTS) on the project, it seems 2 ways.

  1. One is to send a report by email (https://www.debian.org/Bugs/server-control)
  2. Another is to send a report by reportbug command. Internally it sends email.

As "2." looks recommended, and I could not find how to report by "1", I installed Debian, and install the reportbug command, and reported it.

Here is the log.

Install Debian 9

The latest stable version is Debian 9. Install it on VirtualBox.

I referred below video about how to install it. How to Install Debian 9 on VirtualBox - YouTube

Live CD with the normal installation is useful. https://www.debian.org/CD/live/ https://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current-live/amd64/iso-hybrid/ Download debian-live-9.8.0-amd64-gnome.iso.

Create new virtual OS image, then set the iso image at Settings - Storage. Select Graphical Installer.

Input below items, and etc.

Hostname: debian
Netowrk: debian.local
Real name: XXX YYY
User: automatically decided by the name.

Then install basic packages.

# apt-get install vim git
# apt-get install reportbug
# which reportbug

How to report a bug by reportbug

$ reportbug --help
Usage: reportbug [options] <pacakge | filename>

Create the configuration file ~/.reportbugrc, settng name and email, and etc. Select GUI (gtk) version as the reportbug interface.

$ reportbug --configure

After typing below command, the GUI window is launched.

$ reportbug -s "bowtie2 arm 64 (aarch64) package" bowtie2

Ref: https://www.debian.org/Bugs/Reporting

After sending the report, you will receive an email from the bug tracking system.

My first reporting issue on the Debian BTS. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=925499

In case of Ubuntu, as the BTS web interface is prepared, it is easier.