[Bug 1550846] Re: package identification is awful
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Fri May 6 04:17:18 UTC 2016
[Expired for apport (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60
** Changed in: apport (Ubuntu)
Status: Incomplete => Expired
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package identification is awful
Status in apport package in Ubuntu:
Recently I reported a bug against the kernel - apport made this very
The instructions at <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/FindRightPackage>
clearly state that the correct thing to do is to report kernel bugs
against the package "linux". That does not work.
"ubuntu-bug linux" reports that linux is not installed!
After some head-scratching I tried "ubuntu-bug linux-image", that also
failed. It did finally work with "ubuntu-bug linux-image-generic",
but that is not an obvious choice *and it is contrary to the
instructions*. The obvious choice was "ubuntu-bug kernel" (which I
tried first) that also failed.
So, I tried to report a bug against ubuntu-bug with "ubuntu-bug
ubuntu-bug", not installed! According to the web site
<https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+search> ubuntu-bug does not belong to
any package! OK it is a link. Try again with the real binary name;
apport-bug is not installed either!
If you want feedback from ordinary users, bugs in the bug reporting
system are serious.
When apport is given a name that is not a package name it could follow a few simple steps to at lest provide hints to user;
"ls -l $(which ubuntu-bug)" shows that it is a link,
"ls -l --dereference $(which ubuntu-bug)" shows what it links to, and
"dpkg-query --search $(ls --dereference $(which ubuntu-bug))" even reports "apport: /usr/bin/ubuntu-bug".
That would be a useful clue to most users. Note, "dpkg-query --search ubuntu-bug" is less useful.
As for kernel bugs, it should at least behave as documented. Please
add an extra line of code so that as a special case both "ubuntu-bug
linux" and "ubuntu-bug kernel" work.
There have been many times that apport has stated that a bug could not
be reported and I had believed that it was because there were non-
standard packages installed, now I am not so sure.
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: apport 2.19.4-0ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-2.16-generic 4.4.0
Uname: Linux 4.4.0-2-generic x86_64
Date: Sun Feb 28 13:06:32 2016
InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-02-03 (24 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Xubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" - Alpha amd64 (20160202)
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
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