apport-bug, apport-collect - file a bug report using Apport, or update an existing report
apport-bug symptom | pid | package | program path | .apport/.crash file
apport-bug reports problems to your distribution's bug tracking system, using Apport to
collect a lot of local information about your system to help the developers to fix the
problem and avoid unnecessary question/answer turnarounds.
You should always start with running apport-bug without arguments, which will present a
list of known symptoms. This will generate the most useful bug reports.
If there is no matching symptom, you need to determine the affected program or package
yourself. You can provide a package name or program name to apport-bug, e. g.:
In order to add more information to the bug report that could help the developers to fix
the problem, you can also specify a process ID instead:
$ pidof gnome-terminal
$ apport-bug 5139
As a special case, to report a bug against the Linux kernel, you do not need to use the
full package name (such as linux-image-2.6.28-4-generic); you can just use
to report a bug against the currently running kernel.
Finally, you can use this program to report a previously stored crash or bug report:
Bug reports can be written to a file by using the --save option or by using apport-cli.
apport-bug detects whether KDE or Gnome is running and calls apport-gtk or apport-kde
accordingly. If neither is available, or the session does not run under X11, it calls
apport-cli for a command-line client.
UPDATING EXISTING REPORTS
apport-collect collects the same information as apport-bug, but adds it to an already
reported problem you have submitted. This is useful if the report was not originally filed
through Apport, and the developers ask you to attach information from your system.
Please see the apport-cli(1) manpage for possible options.
Apport refuses to create bug reports if the package or any dependency is not cur-
rent. If this environment variable is set, this check is waived. Experts who will
thoroughly check the situation before filing a bug report can define this in their
~/.bashrc or temporarily on the command line when calling apport-bug.
apport and the accompanying tools are developed by Martin Pitt <email@example.com>.
Martin Pitt September 08, 2009 apport-bug(1)