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apport-bug(1)									    apport-bug(1)

NAME
       apport-bug, apport-collect - file a bug report using Apport, or update an existing report

SYNOPSIS
       apport-bug

       apport-bug symptom | pid | package | program path | .apport/.crash file

       apport-collect report-number

DESCRIPTION
       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.:

	   apport-bug firefox
	   apport-bug /usr/bin/unzip

       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
	   5139
	   $ 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

	   apport-bug linux

       to report a bug against the currently running kernel.

       Finally, you can use this program to report a previously stored crash or bug report:

	   apport-bug /var/crash/_bin_bash.1000.crash
	   apport-bug /tmp/apport.firefox.332G9t.apport

       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.

OPTIONS
       Please see the apport-cli(1) manpage for possible options.

ENVIRONMENT
       APPORT_IGNORE_OBSOLETE_PACKAGES
	      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.

SEE ALSO
       apport-cli(1)

AUTHOR
       apport and the accompanying tools are developed by Martin Pitt <martin.pitt@ubuntu.com>.

Martin Pitt				September 08, 2009			    apport-bug(1)
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