There is a mailserver which can send the bug reports and indices as plain text on request.
To use it you send a mail message to
Subject of the message is ignored, except
for generating the
Subject of the reply.
The body you send should be a series of commands, one per line. You'll receive a reply which looks like a transcript of your message being interpreted, with a response to each command. No notifications are sent to anyone for most commands; however, the messages are logged and made available in the WWW pages.
Any text on a line starting with a hash sign
ignored; the server will stop processing when it finds a line starting
thank or two
hyphens (to avoid parsing a signature). It will also stop if it
encounters too many unrecognised or badly-formatted commands. If no
commands are successfully handled it will send the help text for the
send-detailsends all of the `boring' messages in the transcript as well, such as the various auto-acks.
=] tag [ tag ... ]
+means to add each given tag,
-means to remove each given tag, and
=means to ignore the current tags and set them afresh to the list provided. The default action is adding.
# same as 'tags 123456 + patch' usertag 123456 patch # same as 'tags 123456 + help security' usertag 123456 help security
The meaning of usertags is decided by the owner of the email address they are associated with.
#, for example for the benefit of human readers of your message (reading it via the tracking system logs or due to a
#must be at the start of the line.
There is a reference card for the
mailservers, available via the WWW, in
bug-mailserver-refcard.txt or by email using the
refcard command (see above).
If you wish to manipulate bug reports you should use the
debbugs.gnu.org address, which understands a
superset of the commands listed
above. This is described in another document, available on the
WWW, in the file
bug-maint-mailcontrol.txt, or by
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Copyright (C) 1999 Darren O. Benham, 1997 nCipher Corporation Ltd, 1994-97 Ian Jackson.