BUGFILER(8) System Manager's Manual BUGFILER(8)
bugfiler - file bug reports in folders automatically
bugfiler [ mail directory ]
Bugfiler is a program to automatically intercept bug reports, summarize them and store them in the appropriate sub directories of the mail
directory specified on the command line or the (system dependent) default. It is designed to be compatible with the Rand MH mail system.
Bugfiler is normally invoked by the mail delivery program through aliases(5) with a line such as the following in /etc/aliases.
It reads the message from the standard input or the named file, checks the format and returns mail acknowledging receipt or a message indi-
cating the proper format. Valid reports are then summarized and filed in the appropriate folder; improperly formatted messages are filed
in a folder named ``errors.'' Program maintainers can then log onto the system and check the summary file for bugs that pertain to them.
Bug reports should be submitted in RFC822 format and aremust contain the following header lines to be properly indexed:
Date: <date the report is received>
From: <valid return address>
Subject: <short summary of the problem>
Index: <source directory>/<source file> <version> [Fix]
In addition, the body of the message must contain a line which begins with ``Description:'' followed by zero or more lines describing the
problem in detail and a line beginning with ``Repeat-By:'' followed by zero or more lines describing how to repeat the problem. If the
keyword `Fix' is specified in the `Index' line, then there must also be a line beginning with ``Fix:'' followed by a diff of the old and
new source files or a description of what was done to fix the problem.
The `Index' line is the key to the filing mechanism. The source directory name must match one of the folder names in the mail directory.
The message is then filed in this folder and a line appended to the summary file in the following format:
<folder name>/<message number> <Index info>
The bug report may also be redistributed according to the index. If the file maildir/.redist exists, it is examined for a line beginning
with the index name followed with a tab. The remainder of this line contains a comma-separated list of mail addresses which should receive
copies of bugs with this index. The list may be continued onto multiple lines by ending each but the last with a backslash (`').
/usr/sbin/sendmail mail delivery program
/usr/libexec/unixtomh converts unix mail format to mh format
maildir/.ack the message sent in acknowledgement
maildir/.format the message sent when format errors are detected
maildir/.redist the redistribution list
maildir/summary the summary file
maildir/Bf?????? temporary copy of the input message
maildir/Rp?????? temporary file for the reply message.
mh(1), newaliases(1), aliases(5)
Since mail can be forwarded in a number of different ways, bugfiler does not recognize forwarded mail and will reply/complain to the for-
warder instead of the original sender unless there is a `Reply-To' field in the header.
Duplicate messages should be discarded or recognized and put somewhere else.
4.2 Berkeley Distribution October 23, 1996 BUGFILER(8)