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Manual Reference Pages  -  PR-EDIT (8)


pr-edit - creates, edits or deletes PRs


Environment Variables


pr-edit [ --lock\=username | -l username ] [ --unlock | -u ]
[ --lockdb | -L ] [ --unlockdb | -U ]
[ --check | -c ] [ --check-initial | -C ]
[ --submit | -s ]
[ --append\=field | -a field ] [ --replace\=field | -r field ]
[ --reason\=reason | -R reason ]
[ --delete-pr ]
[ --process\=process-id | -p process-id ]
[ --database\=database | -d database ]
[ --filename\=filename | -f filename ]
[ --version | -V ] [ --help | -h ]
[ --user\=username | -v username ]
[ --passwd\=password | -w password ]
[ --host\=host | -H host ]
[ --port\=port | -P port ]
[ --debug | -D ]
[ PR ]


pr-edit can be used to edit an existing PR by either replacing or appending to particular fields within the PR, or providing a new PR to replace the existing one. pr-edit can also be used to create new PRs from scratch, or delete existing ones.

pr-edit also provides miscellaneous services for locking and unlocking PRs, locking or unlocking an entire database, or verifying that proposed PR contents are valid and correct.


--lockdb, -L
  Locks the specified database. No PRs may be edited, created or deleted while the database is locked.

  This option is generally used when editing the index file.
--unlockdb, -U
  Unlocks the database. No check is made that the invoking user actually had locked the database in the first place; hence, it is possible for anyone to steal a database lock.
--check, -c
--check-initial, -C
  The --check options are used to verify that a proposed PR’s field contents are valid. The PR is read in (either from stdin or a file specified with --filename), and its fields are compared against the rules specified by the database configuration of the selected database. Warnings are given for enumerated fields whose contents do not contain one of the required values or fields that do not match required regexps.

  --check-initial is used to verify initial PRs, rather than proposed edits of existing PRs.
--submit, -s
  Used to submit a new PR to the database. The PR is read in and verified for content; if the PR is valid as an initial PR, it is then added to the database.

  A zero exit code is returned if the submission was successful. Otherwise, the reason(s) for the PR being rejected are printed to stdout, and a non-zero exit code is returned.
The following options require a PR number to be given.
  Deletes the specified PR from the database. The PR must be in a closed state, and not locked.

  Only the GNATS user (by default gnats) is permitted to delete PRs.
--lock\=username, -l username
  Locks the PR. username is associated with the lock, so the system administrator can determine who actually placed the lock on the PR. However, anyone is permitted to remove locks on a PR.

  If the optional --process-id option is also given, that process-id is associated with the lock.
--unlock, -u
  Unlocks the PR.
--append\=field, -a field
--replace\=field, -r field
  --append and --replace are used to append or replace content of a specific field within a PR. The new field content is read in from stdin (or from the file specified with the --filename option), and either appended or replaced to the specified field. The field contents are verified for correctness before the PR is rewritten.

  If the edit is successful, a zero exit status is returned. If the edit failed, a non-zero exit status is returned, and the reasons for the failure are printed to stdout.
--reason\=reason, -R reason
  Certain PR fields are configured in the database configuration to require a short text describing the reason for every change that is made to them. If you edit a PR and change any such fields, you must provide a short text, the reason for the change, through this option. If the option is used and no change-reason requiring field is actually changed, the option has no effect.
[PR] If only a PR number is specified with no other options, a replacement PR is read in (either from stdin or the file specified with --filename). If the PR contents are valid and correct, the existing PR is replaced with the new PR contents.

  If the edit is successful, a zero exit status is returned. If the edit failed, a non-zero exit status is returned, and the reasons for the failure are printed to stdout.
--database\=database, -d database
  Specifies the database which is to be manipulated. If no database is specified, the database named default is assumed. This option overrides the database specified in the GNATSDB environment variable.
--filename\=filename, -f filename
  For actions that require reading in a PR or field content, this specifies the name of a file to read. If --filename is not specified, the PR or field content is read in from stdin.
--version, -V
  Displays the version number of the program.
--help, -h
  Prints a brief usage message.
--host\=host, -H host
  Hostname of the GNATS server.
--port\=port, -P port
  The port that the GNATS server runs on.
--user\=username, -v username
  Username used when logging into the GNATS server.
--passwd\=password, -w password
  Password used when logging into the GNATS server.
--debug, -D
  Used to debug network connections.


The GNATSDB environment variable is used to determine which database to use. For a local database, it contains the name of the database to access.

For network access via gnatsd, it contains a colon-separated list of strings that describe the remote database, in the form
Any of the fields may be omitted, but at least one colon must appear; otherwise, the value is assumed to be the name of a local database.

If GNATSDB is not set and the --database option is not supplied, it is assumed that the database is local and that its name is default.


Keeping Track: Managing Messages With GNATS (also installed as the GNU Info file

databases(5), dbconfig(5), delete-pr(8), edit-pr(1) file-pr(8), gen-index(8), gnats(7), gnatsd(8), mkcat(8), mkdb(8), pr-edit(8), query-pr(1), queue-pr(8), send-pr(1).


Copyright (c) 2000, 2003, Free Software Foundation, Inc.

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