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
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
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,
Specify the severity with which bugs should be filed. Default is
Fill out the templates for each package and display them all for
verification. This is the default behavior.
Actually send the bug reports.
Specify the subject of the bug report. The subject will be
automatically prefixed with the name of the package that the bug is
Specify the sendmail command. The command will be split on white
space and will not be passed to a shell. Default is
Do not wrap the template to lines of 70 characters.
Do not read any configuration files. This can only be used as the
first option given on the command-line.
Provide a usage message.
Display version information.
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:
If this is set, specifies a sendmail command to use instead of
/usr/sbin/sendmail. Same as the --sendmail command line option.
This program is Copyright (C) 2006 by Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
It is licensed under the terms of the GPL, either version 2 of the
License, or (at your option) any later version.
Joey Hess <email@example.com>
Debian Utilities 2011-09-26 MASS-BUG(1)
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