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Mark Panen 09-29-2011 09:21 AM

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Hi,

I tried to file a bug with "reportbug" in text mode, i got to a screen
where it wanted to save a file to /tmp/*. One of the options was to
press "M-G" how do i do that.

I Ctrl X and was at a screen where it said it would send the report
but i am unsure i have sent the bug report.

GUI mode crashes so i uninstalled it.

Mark


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Camaleón 09-29-2011 02:10 PM

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On Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:21:46 +0200, Mark Panen wrote:

> I tried to file a bug with "reportbug" in text mode, i got to a screen
> where it wanted to save a file to /tmp/*. One of the options was to
> press "M-G" how do i do that.

M+G?

Could be... but true is that I don't remember that exact key combination
to record the report :-?

> I Ctrl X and was at a screen where it said it would send the report but
> i am unsure i have sent the bug report.

If you finally reported the bug successfully you should have received a
confirmation message from BTS indicating the bug number assigned to your
report. If not, then the report was not sent you will have to retry.

> GUI mode crashes so i uninstalled it.

It often does (crashing), I also reverted to the text based wizard.

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Darac Marjal 09-29-2011 02:29 PM

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On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:21:46AM +0200, Mark Panen wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I tried to file a bug with "reportbug" in text mode, i got to a screen
> where it wanted to save a file to /tmp/*. One of the options was to
> press "M-G" how do i do that.

M-G is usually short for "Meta-G", or "Meta+G". Meta is one of those
keys that makes sense from a software point of view, but almost no-one
has one on their keyboard. It will be emulated in one of two ways;
either hold down "Alt", press "g", then release "Alt" or press "Esc",
then within a couple of seconds press "g".

You may also be interested to learn that "^G" is a similar shorthand for
Ctrl+G.


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Ralf Jung 09-29-2011 04:07 PM

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Hi,

> M-G is usually short for "Meta-G", or "Meta+G". Meta is one of those
> keys that makes sense from a software point of view, but almost no-one
> has one on their keyboard. It will be emulated in one of two ways;
> either hold down "Alt", press "g", then release "Alt" or press "Esc",
> then within a couple of seconds press "g".
>
> You may also be interested to learn that "^G" is a similar shorthand for
> Ctrl+G.
Actually, from what I was told, many keyboards have that Meta key - it is
usually labelled with a Windows logo.

Kind regards,
Ralf


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Darac Marjal 09-29-2011 04:25 PM

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On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 06:07:51PM +0200, Ralf Jung wrote:
> Hi,
>
> > M-G is usually short for "Meta-G", or "Meta+G". Meta is one of those
> > keys that makes sense from a software point of view, but almost no-one
> > has one on their keyboard. It will be emulated in one of two ways;
> > either hold down "Alt", press "g", then release "Alt" or press "Esc",
> > then within a couple of seconds press "g".
> >
> > You may also be interested to learn that "^G" is a similar shorthand for
> > Ctrl+G.
> Actually, from what I was told, many keyboards have that Meta key - it is
> usually labelled with a Windows logo.

I thought the Windows logo key was usually the SUPER key?


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Ralf Jung 09-29-2011 05:09 PM

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Hi,

> > Actually, from what I was told, many keyboards have that Meta key - it is
> > usually labelled with a Windows logo.
>
> I thought the Windows logo key was usually the SUPER key?
Uh... I don't know. Qt and KDE call it "Meta". E.g. my shortcut to lock the
screen is "Meta+L", windows key plus L.
Maybe it is both?

Kind regards,
Ralf


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Bob Proulx 09-29-2011 07:53 PM

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Mark Panen wrote:
> I tried to file a bug with "reportbug" in text mode, i got to a screen
> where it wanted to save a file to /tmp/*. One of the options was to
> press "M-G" how do i do that.

Reportbug launches an editor for you edit your report. I do not
recall any meta-commands from reportbug but it is possible this came
from the editor. I think very likely the editor was talking to you at
that moment.

(Many people will think Emacs here bug M-G is not an emacs command
that would be asked for in this context. So I am thinking it is
another editor.)

If you are having difficulty with the editor you were using then you
may choose a different one. Either by setting the EDITOR variable or
by passing in the --editor command line option argument.

reportbug --editor=nano

> I Ctrl X and was at a screen where it said it would send the report
> but i am unsure i have sent the bug report.

Reportbug should have given you a prompt similar to this:

Submit this report on foo (e to edit) [Y|n|a|c|e|i|l|m|p|q|d|t|s|?]?

Typing Y at that prompt would have sent the email and submitted the
bug report. The BTS would then have sent you back an email
confirmation. Wait for it. It frequently takes a bit of time.
Usually within an hour but you might have to wait as long as a day if
there is a problem.

Bob


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