"The system detected a problem, do you want to report it?" dialog

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Sat Aug 25 09:10:40 UTC 2018


On Fri, 24 Aug 2018 23:29:24 -0400 (EDT), Robert Heller wrote:
>How do I get the second step?

I don't know, but you could take a look in /var/crash/.

Reportedly you could disable apport in /etc/default/apport or disable
crash reporting as described by the Wiki, see
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Apport#How_to_enable_apport .

If all Ubuntu users would remove apport and whoopsie and stop manually
reporting bugs, Ubuntu perhaps would consider to drop the complicated,
unusable bug tracker and migrate to a "normal", sane bug tracker, that
easily allows to manually report bugs, as it could be done for most, if
not all other FLOSS projects.

[weremouse at moonstudio ~]$ apt list -qqa 'whoopsie'
whoopsie/xenial-updates 0.2.52.5 amd64
whoopsie/xenial 0.2.52 amd64

[weremouse at moonstudio ~]$ apt list -qqa 'apport'
apport/xenial-updates,xenial-updates,xenial-security,xenial-security
2.20.1-0ubuntu2.18 all apport/xenial,xenial 2.20.1-0ubuntu2 all

Note, even debugging information collected _without_ root privileges
could contain sensitive data, such as passwords and credit card data.

The Wiki claims that by default apport crash report for stable releases
is disabled for privacy reasons, see
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Apport#Why_is_apport_disabled_by_default.3F .

"Arguments" pro Ubuntu's bug tracking policy, such as "End users do not
know how to prepare a report that is really useful for developers, like
building a package with debug symbols, operating gdb,
etc." ( https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Apport#What_is_this_all_about.3F )
are utter nonsense. An one-year-old doesn't know how to boil water, an
elementary school child does know how to do it. Bug reports are
like "boiling water", they are not like "construction of rockets".




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