Questions about the process of reporting bugs: what should be reported as a bug, Where should it be reported. Remember that reporting a bug itself is off topic.

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How do I report a bug?

I found a problem with an application on Ubuntu. Questions : How do I best report the issue? What sort of information should I provide?
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What should I do when Ubuntu freezes?

All operating systems freeze sometimes, and Ubuntu is no exception. What should I do to regain control when... just one program stops responding? nothing at all responds to mouse clicks or key ...
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There's an issue with an Alpha/Beta Release of Ubuntu, what should I do?

I've been running Alpha releases of Ubuntu for some time now. I keep running into issues - how can I get these resolved? What should I do when I encounter these problems? And where can I find other ...
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Getting “System program problem detected” pops up regularly after upgrade

This started to happen immediately after I had rebooted the first time after doing a system upgrade. It first starts with a dialogue that says "System program problem detected". Then when I try to hit ...
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I want to fix a bug. Where do I start?

Although I am not a professional programmer, I have written a program or two. Yet, nowadays every engineer and scientist learns to program a bit as well, and as such I am used to writing programs in ...
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How can I track a bug that caused a crash and was reported via apport / whoopsie?

It used to be that when a program crashed, especially when a user was using a pre-release of Ubuntu, apport could be used to open a bug report. The user could then track the bug, see if it affected ...
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How to get a bug noticed

What is the best way to get a critical bug noticed by the right people, so it can be fixed ASAP? There is a bug with GVFS which is preventing developers, like myself, from using IDE's in 10.10. We ...
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How do I subscribe to a bug?

Sometimes people tell me to subscribe to a Launchpad bug so I can follow along it's progress, how do I do this?
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What is the best medium for sending feature requests?

What is the best medium for sending feature requests? Both for Ubuntu as a whole and individual (supported) apps?
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How are Ubuntu bugs' importance values decided?

How is a specific bug's importance decided for bugs against packages in ubuntu? And by Importance, I mean 'Low', 'Medium', and other importance values on the Launchpad bug trackers.
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Should I include logs that contain “sensitive information”?

Sometimes, when info is being collected by ubuntu-bug (either automatically following a program crash or by manually calling it) the following dialog pops up: Should I include these files or not? ...
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Is is possible to get a patch included in the current release? If so, how?

So a while back I reported a bug in Compiz's Place Window plugin. It's a fairly major regression for people affected by it: mainly those using Gnome-Fallback, judging by the reports. A patch ...
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My hardware needs a module to be blacklisted to work, how can I get this fix shipped?

I have an Acer Timeline 1830T. When I install 10.10 and 11.04 it needs to have the acer-wmi module blacklisted for wireless to work. I think I need to file a bug on the linux kernel but I am not ...
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What happens after `ubuntu-bug` has done it's thing?

Until some time ago you ran apport-bug or ubuntu-bug to start reporting a bug. The system would then open launchpad with your account, upload the collected information and let you add more info to the ...
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How do I report a paper cut?

I've seen this project called One Hundred Paper Cuts, and I'd like to report a paper cut, but don't know how. Can someone please tell me how to go about doing this.
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What tools do I need to use to report a bug in a developers PPA?

When you want to report an error the best way to report a package in Ubuntu is sudo ubuntu-bug-package. But what if the package is in a developers PPA and I want ...
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How do Bugs get Categorized and what is the lifecycle of a bug?

How do bugs in ubuntu get categorized and what is a bug's life cycle? Also, "What does each bug's 'Status' mean, and how is it determined"
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Why did Apport make my bug report private?

Apport detected a crash and assisted with submitting a bug report to Launchpad, but it make the report private. Why? It doesn't seem very helpful that I'm the only one with permission to read the ...
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“An uncaught exception was raised:Invalid version string 'GNU/Linux'” when creating bootable USB stick

Still unsolved bug here and bug -report here, bug in 12.04 and apparently in many other versions. How can I create an bootable USB -stick with Ubuntu?
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What does “Fix Committed” mean?

Is it valid if I mark a bug "Fix Committed" if the package in question is hosted upstream (outside of Launchpad)? example: bug report, committed fix.
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What constitutes a bug?

Actually what is a bug ? any predefined rules?
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Natural Scrolling doesn't work in 12.04 in some windows. Where should I report the bug?

Natural scrolling using ".Xmodmap": pointer = 1 2 3 5 4 7 6 8 9 10 11 12 doesn't work anymore in 12.04 on some Ubuntu-specific apps like the Software Center, settings window, and update-center. Under ...
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Tools to diagnose Ubuntu problems

Over time a user will have several problems with Ubuntu as any other OS in the world. What tools and terminal commands exist in Ubuntu to help diagnose how the problem occurred and help solve it if it ...
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How do I view CoreDump file?

When reporting a bug from a crash, the bug is made private and a file called CoreDump.gz. The Bug Triage documentation says the following: If the crash still has a CoreDump.gz attachment, then it ...
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Where can I report a bug for apps.ubuntu.com?

I have a few bugs which I would like to patch for apps.ubuntu.com; however, I can't seem to find their project page on LaunchPad. Where can I get in touch with this team and where can I pull the code ...
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What tools exist to report bugs

As of today I only knew about ubuntu-bug which I could use to report bugs about a specific program. But now I learned about apport-collect and apport-bug which basically are: apport-bug - Reports ...
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ubuntu freeze when I plugged the power cable

I recently update the system(12.10) on my laptop and after that whenever I plug the power cable in to my laptop it freezes and has no function of the mouse or the keyboard. I have to reboot the laptop ...
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Are Launchpad bugs in a way moderated?

Is Launchpad (in general) moderated? brainstorm is ask ubuntu is ubuntu answers is what about ubuntu bugs?
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Apport-gpu-error-intel.py crash

Feeling disempowered by Ubuntu's new bug reporting policy/system. My Intel i5 machines have all experienced daily (if not more frequent) freezes, but it's very difficult to report bugs now and policy ...
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What to do with private bug reports on launchpad?

Over time I gathered more than 10 launchpad bug reports that were reported with apport, initially marked as private and never responded to. There was one I've discussed additionally on IRC and that's ...
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Kernel bugs on Launchpad

I've found what I believe to be a kernel bug, and reported appropriately on Launchpad. But is the kernel bugs reported on Launchpad receive attention from the developers? It is important since, in ...
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How can I best retest a bug in a newer or development release?

I have reported a bug that occurs in Karmic on launchpad, and I have been asked to re-test it on lucid or maverick. How can I do this best?
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How do I file feature request bugs on Launchpad?

I've seen on Bugzilla bug request for enhancements, is there anything similar for Launchpad?
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How to report a system bug

I'm dealing with this issue: Ubuntu won't shutdown (VirtualBox kernel modules) and I almost lost my nerves when I wanted to report a bug. I'm studying this "How to report a bug" topic for two ...
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How to help improve Banshee?

I have had some problems running Banshee. It crashes quite often after finishing playing a song. It also jumps all over the place when playing back albums - sometimes it plays the first song twice - ...
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How do I report a bug that happens during boot?

I seem to have found a bug in 12.04 while it's booting, but all the questions on this site seem to point users to reporting bugs once the desktop is up and running by using ubuntu-bug. How do I ...
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How do I report bugs about HUD?

I've found a couple of bugs in HUD, such as when you use it, the window loses focus afterwards. But I can't find a bug tracker for it?
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Diagnose brightness control [closed]

Brightness control on my laptop does not work, how can I diagnose if it's unsupported, or a bug? And if it is a bug, what do I include in the bug report? UPDATE Thank you for all the responses, ...
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How to report a bug in content (not interface) on Ubuntu.com?

I want to report a bug in the content on the Ubuntu website. I don't know how to properly do this because: This is not a bug in the web server, or in the way a page is coded. It is a content ...
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What's the best way to report a kernel panic bug

Suppose I have a machine that has no serial port and under certain reproducible situations will kernel panic. Assume I have tested the mainline kernel from the kernel team PPA and know this is an ...
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suspend is not working after updating to Ubuntu 14.04 from 13.10

I am not able to put my laptop to suspend(sleep) mode,If I click on suspend it just locks the screen and nothing happens ? I updated my previous version of UBUNTU from 13.04 to 13.10 then to 14.04 ...
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Dell Studio 15, Turnoff after suspend due to overheat, and does not turnon the fan as well [closed]

I am new to Ubuntu and linux as well, the thing is... I got strange problem with my laptop, I am not sure is the problem with my hardware or the os I got: Dell Studio 15 (ATI Graphics Card) with ...
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How long before a bug fix makes it through to the package manager? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “Fix Committed” mean? I am affected by this bug which appears to be fixed now. Lazy beggar that I am, I don't want to install it myself, so I'm ...
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Should I report a bug on Ubuntu's bug tracker or on the upstream's?

I am on an updated Ubuntu 12.04 and I've found a bug in the tag feature of Nautilus. I'd like to file this as a bug report, but I'm confused to where to post it: Ubuntu's bug tracker in Launchpad or ...
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Where to file bugs/wishlist for Unity?

I guess the question explains it all...
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Whom should I ask to update a package to a new upstream release?

Whom should I ask for upgrading the particular package, if there is a new upstream release? Should I file a bug report? What if the package is maintained by Debian maintainers? Should I leave a ...
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How to backport a bug fix?

I see a bugfix, that I need, in launchpad here for the package for cups, but, if I understand things correctly, it is built for 12.10, and I am on 12.04. Is it still possible to install it? If so, ...
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How confidential are automatic crash reports made by apport?

I noticed that starting with Ubuntu 13.10 (or maybe 13.04), thunderbird crash reports are handled by apport, while they were handled by Mozilla's tool before. Question How confidential are automatic ...
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How do I submit a full bug report with crash dump and steps to reproduce?

I have found a reproducable crash bug in xserver-xephyr. When I run the following command: apport-bug /var/crash/_usr_bin_Xephyr.1000.crash it sends a whoopsie report and does not ask me for any ...
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Why does ubuntu-bug imply that I shouldn't report bugs for Compiz and Unity?

I run ubuntu-bug compiz. Select no it's not unity. (Although I get the same result if I report for unity.) Then I'm presented with this question: Development is completed for the 'natty' version ...