flea is a shell script which helps you to submit a bug report against the
mail user agent.
If you invoke
flea, youll first be prompted for a short
description of the problem you experience. This will be used as the
bug reports subject line, so it should be concise, but informative.
You are then asked to assign an initial severity level to the
problem you observe;
flea will give you a description which severity level is appropriate or
Then, you are asked for the location of a core dump (normally named
core) which may have been left over by a crash of your
You can just type no here, or you can enter the path leading
to a core dump.
flea will try to use either
to extract some information from this core dump which may be helpful
to developers in order to determine the reason for the crash.
Finally, you are asked whether or not you want to include personal
configuration files with the bug report. If at all possible, we
urge you to answer these questions with yes, since a
reference configuration makes it incredibly easier to track down a
If you are using Debian GNU/Linux,
flea will now check whether or not
mutt has been installed as a Debian
package on your system, and suggest to file the bug against the
and Debian bug tracking systems. This option was added since the
project uses another instantiation of the Debian bug tracking
system, so submitting bugs against both systems in one pass is
You are then dropped into your favorite editor as determined by the
VISUAL environment variables.
Please give us details about the problem in the empty space below
the line reading Please type your report below this line.
We are most interested in precise information on what symptoms you
observe and what steps may be used to reproduce the bug. Chances
are that problems which can easily be reproduced will be fixed
quickly. So please take some time when filling out this part of the
The remainder of the template contains various kinds of information
gathered from your system, including output of the
command, output from
itself, and your systems
configuration files. You may wish to browse through this part of
the bug report form in order to avoid leaking confidential
information to the public.
If you leave the editor,
flea will give you the option to review, re-edit, submit, or abandon your
bug report. If you decide to submit it, a mail message containing
your report will be sent to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Youll receive a
copy of this message.
While your bug report is being processed by the bug tracking system,
you will receive various e-mail messages from the bug tracking
system informing you about whats going on: Once your bug report has
been entered into the bug tracking system, it will be assigned a
unique serial number about which you are informed via e-mail. If
you wish to submit additional information about the bug, you can
just send it to the address
email@example.com with #serial in the subject.
Later, you will most likely receive questions from the developers
about the problem you observed, and you will eventually be informed
that your bug report has been closed. This means that the bug has
been fixed at least in the
repository. If the answers you receive dont satisfy you, dont
hesitate to contact the developers directly under
You can also browse your bug report and all additional information
and replies connected to it using the bug tracking systems Web
interface under the following URL: