Devuan bug report logs - #346
reportbug fails to start after already configured

Package: reportbug; Maintainer for reportbug is Mark Hindley <>; Source for reportbug is src:reportbug.

Reported by: Andy Alt <>

Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2019 01:03:08 UTC

Severity: normal

Tags: ascii, moreinfo

Fixed in version 7.1.7

Done: Mark Hindley <>

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bug#346; Package reportbugversion: reportbug 7.1.6+devuan2.1. (full text, mbox, link).

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From: Andy Alt <>
To: "" <>
Subject: reportbug fails to start after already configured
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:52:29 +0000 (UTC)
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Package: reportbugVersion: reportbug 7.1.6+devuan2.1
I first ran reportbug, selected "standard" and went through the configuration prompts. Filled out the report and selected to send. It failed because I didn't have the method correct for sending mail, and asked me if I want to retry or save, etc. I hit "q". When I tried to restart reportbug, I typed in "xfce" for the package name, was prompted for similar package names, then selected xfce4-panel. I then got the following output:
Select one of these packages: xfce4-panel
A package named 'xfce' does not appear to be installed on your system; however,
'xfce4-panel' contains a file named 'xfce'. Do you want to file your report on
the package reportbug found [Y|n|q|?]? y
Getting status for xfce4-panel...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 2235, in <module>
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 1108, in main
    return iface.user_interface()
  File "/usr/bin/reportbug", line 1518, in user_interface
    status = utils.get_package_status(package)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/reportbug/", line 379, in get_package_status
    conffiles = conffiles + [re.findall(r' (.+) ([0-9a-f]+).*$', line)[0]]
IndexError: list index out of range

Here's a copy of .reportbugrc with my email address blotted out:

# reportbug preferences file# character encoding: UTF-8
# Version of reportbug this preferences file was written by
reportbug_version "7.1.6+devuan2.1"
# default operating mode: one of: novice, standard, advanced, expert
mode standard
# default user interface
ui text
# offline setting - comment out to be online
# name and email setting (if non-default)
realname "Andy Alt"
email ""
# Disable fallback mode by commenting out the following:
header "X-Debbugs-CC:"
# You can add other settings after this line.  See
# /etc/reportbug.conf for a full listing of options.
I'm using Devuan ascii.
Linux demeter 4.9.0-6-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.88-1+deb9u1 (2018-05-07) x86_64 GNU/Linux

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bug reassigned from package `reportbugversion: reportbug 7.1.6+devuan2.1' to `reportbug'. Request was from Elliott Mitchell <> to (full text, mbox, link).

Information forwarded to, Devuan Developers <>:
bug#346; Package reportbug. (Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:18:01 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).

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From: Mark Hindley <>
Subject: Re: reportbug fails to start after already configured
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:08:01 +0000
control: tags -1 moreinfo ascii


I have just tried this with reportbug 7.5.3+devuan1 (beowulf) 
and can't reproduce it.

Tagging as ascii specific.


Added tag(s) moreinfo and ascii. Request was from Mark Hindley <> to (Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:18:09 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).

Reply sent to Mark Hindley <>:
You have taken responsibility. (Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:03:01 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).

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bug acknowledged by developer. (Tue, 28 Jan 2020 10:03:04 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).

Message #17 received at (full text, mbox, reply):

From: Mark Hindley <>
Subject: Re: reportbug fails to start after already configured
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 09:45:24 +0000
Version: 7.1.7
Control: tags -1 = ascii debian

Looking more closely, this appears to be Debian bugs #857013, #846053 and
 #826534. They were fixed in reportbug 7.1.7.



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