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apport-cli, apport-gtk, apport-kde – Apport user interfaces for report‐
ing problems



apport-cli [ –save file ] symptom | pid | package | program path |
.apport/.crash file

apport-cli -f

apport-cli -f -p package -P pid

apport-cli -u report-number

Same options/arguments for apport-gtk and apport-kde.


apport automatically collects data from crashed processes and compiles
a problem report in /var/crash/. This is a command line frontend for
reporting those crashes to the developers. It can also be used to
report bugs about packages or running processes.

If symptom scripts are available, it can also be given the name of a
symptom, or be called with just -f to display a list of known symptoms.

When being called without any options, it processes the pending crash
reports and offers to report them one by one. You can also display the
entire report to see what is sent to the software developers.

When being called with exactly one argument and no option, apport-cli
uses some heuristics to find out “what you mean” and reports a bug
against the given symptom name, package name, program path, or PID. If
the argument is a .crash or .apport file, it uploads the stored problem
report to the bug tracking system.

For desktop systems with a graphical user interface, you should con‐
sider installing the GTK or KDE user interface (apport-gtk or apport-
kde). They accept the very same options and arguments. apport-cli is
mainly intended to be used on servers.


-f, –file-bug
Report a (non-crash) problem. If neither –package, –symptom,
or –pid are specified, then it displays a list of available
symptoms. If none are available, it aborts with an error.

This will automatically attach information about your operating
system and the package version etc. to the bug report, so that
the developers have some important context.

-s symptom, –symptom=symptom
When being used in –file-bug mode, specify the symptom to
report the problem about.

-p package, –package=package
When being used in –file-bug mode, specify the package to
report the problem against.

-P pid, –pid=pid
When being used in –file-bug mode, specify the PID (process ID)
of a running program to report the problem against. This can be
determined with e. g. ps -ux.

-c report, –crash-file=report
Upload a previously processed stored report in an arbitrary file
location. This is useful for copying a crash report to a
machine with internet connection and reporting it from there.
Files must end in .crash or .apport.

-u report-number, –update-report report-number
Run apport information collection on an already existing problem
report. The affected package is taken from the report by
default, but you can explicitly specify one with –package to
collect information for a different package (this is useful if
the report is assigned to the wrong package).

–save filename
In –file-bug mode, save the collected information into a file
instead of reporting it. This file can then be reported with
–crash-file later on.

-w, –window
Point and click at the application window against which you wish
to report the bug. Apport will automatically find the package
name and generate a report for you. This option can be specially
useful in situations when you do not know the name of the pack‐
age, or if the application window has stopped responding and you
cannot report the problem from the “Help” menu of the applica‐

Apport refuses to create bug reports if the package or any
dependency is not current. If this environment variable is set,
this check is waived. Experts who will thoroughly check the sit‐
uation before filing a bug report can define this in their
~/.bashrc or temporarily when calling the apport frontend (-cli,
-gtk, or -kde).

Symptom scripts. These ask a set of interactive questions to
determine the package which is responsible for a particular
problem. (For some problems like sound or storage device related
bugs there are many places where things can go wrong, and it’s
not immediately obvious for a bug reporter where the problem


apport and the accompanying tools are developed by Martin Pitt .

Martin Pitt August 01, 2007 apport-cli