GNU Bug Tracker

This is a bug tracker for the GNU Operating System. We use this to keep records of bug reports, as well as feature requests and patches, submitted by users and developers. Each issue is given a number, and is kept open until it is marked as having been dealt with.

See the usage notes if you are interested in using this tracker for your project. List of packages using this tracker.

How to Report a Bug

Each project may have specific instructions on the best way to report a bug - see the list of packages. For example, to report a coreutils bug, just send a mail to bug-coreutils at Or you can send a mail to submit at, with "Package: coreutils" in the first line of the body. The two approaches are entirely equivalent.

Submissions are moderated, so there may be a delay before your report appears.

If you want to send a copy of your initial report to someone else, please use an X-Debbugs-CC header rather than plain CC, as explained in more detail here.

You do not need to know the details of how this bug tracker works in order to report bugs, but if you want to, you can read more about this tracker. To get help with using this tracker, or if you experience problems, you can send a mail to the help-debbugs mailing list.

Replying to an Existing Report

To reply to an existing report, for example #123, send mail to Or to the project's bug mailing list address (e.g. bug-gnu-emacs), but be sure to keep "bug#123" in the subject, else you will create a new report.

If a report is closed and receives no more mail for one month, it is archived. Before you can send more mail to it, you must send the command "unarchive 123" in the body of a message to the control server address.

Viewing Bug Reports

You can read all the bug reports for a given package at the relevant project's bug mailing list, as given in the above table (eg the bug-gnu-emacs mailing list for Emacs). You can also search or browse (e.g. see the most recent Emacs reports) this tracker. Static indices (only updated once a day, but can be faster if you want to look at a lot of reports):

Find a bug by number: as mbox

Browse the N newest bugs:

Browse a range of bug numbers, from: to:

Find bugs by: package submitter email tag
What to search for:

General search

The same search fields are ORed, different fields are ANDed.

Select bugs

Valid severities are critical, grave, serious, important, normal, minor, wishlist

Include Bugs

Valid tags are patch, wontfix, moreinfo, unreproducible, fixed, notabug, pending, help, security, confirmed, easy

Exclude Bugs

Valid pending states are pending, forwarded, fixed, done

Order by
Misc options Repeat Merged
Reverse Bugs
Reverse Pending
Reverse Severity


Advanced search

You can search the full text of bug reports using our HyperEstraier based search engine.

The individual bug mailing list archives (see links above) are also searchable, and may contain older bug reports.
Finally, you can also use your preferred internet search engine to search

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