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24.5. Handling Detected Problems

Problem data saved by abrtd can be viewed, reported, and deleted using either the command line tool, abrt-cli, or the graphical tool, gnome-abrt.


Note that ABRT identifies duplicate problems by comparing new problems with all locally saved problems. For a repeating crash, ABRT requires you to act upon it only once. However, if you delete the crash dump of that problem, the next time this specific problem occurs, ABRT will treat it as a new crash: ABRT will alert you about it, prompt you to fill in a description, and report it. To avoid having ABRT notifying you about a recurring problem, do not delete its problem data.

24.5.1. Using the Command Line Tool

In the command line environment, the user is notified of new crashes on login, provided they have the abrt-console-notification package installed. The console notification looks like the following:
ABRT has detected 1 problem(s). For more info run: abrt-cli list --since 1398783164
To view detected problems, enter the abrt-cli list command:
~]$ abrt-cli list
id 6734c6f1a1ed169500a7bfc8bd62aabaf039f9aa
Directory:      /var/tmp/abrt/ccpp-2014-04-21-09:47:51-3430
count:          1
executable:     /usr/bin/sleep
package:        coreutils-8.22-11.el7
time:           Mon 21 Apr 2014 09:47:51 AM EDT
uid:            1000
Run 'abrt-cli report /var/tmp/abrt/ccpp-2014-04-21-09:47:51-3430' for creating a case in Red Hat Customer Portal
Each crash listed in the output of the abrt-cli list command has a unique identifier and a directory that can be used for further manipulation using abrt-cli.
To view information about just one particular problem, use the abrt-cli info command:
 abrt-cli info [-d] directory_or_id 
To increase the amount of information displayed when using both the list and info sub-commands, pass them the -d (--detailed) option, which shows all stored information about the problems listed, including respective backtrace files if they have already been generated.
To analyze and report a certain problem, use the abrt-cli report command:
 abrt-cli report directory_or_id 
Upon invocation of the above command, you will be asked to provide your credentials for opening a support case with Red Hat Customer Support. Next, abrt-cli opens a text editor with the content of the report. You can see what is being reported, and you can fill in instructions on how to reproduce the crash and other comments. You should also check the backtrace because the backtrace might be sent to a public server and viewed by anyone, depending on the problem-reporter event settings.


You can choose which text editor is used to check the reports. abrt-cli uses the editor defined in the ABRT_EDITOR environment variable. If the variable is not defined, it checks the VISUAL and EDITOR variables. If none of these variables is set, the vi editor is used. You can set the preferred editor in your .bashrc configuration file. For example, if you prefer GNU Emacs, add the following line to the file:
export VISUAL=emacs
When you are done with the report, save your changes and close the editor. If you have reported your problem to the Red Hat Customer Support database, a problem case is filed in the database. From now on, you will be informed about the problem-resolution progress via email you provided during the process of reporting. You can also monitor the problem case using the URL that is provided to you when the problem case is created or via emails received from Red Hat Support.
If you are certain that you do not want to report a particular problem, you can delete it. To delete a problem, so that ABRT does not keep information about it, use the command:
 abrt-cli rm directory_or_id 
To display help about a particular abrt-cli command, use the --help option:
 abrt-cli command --help 

24.5.2. Using the GUI

The ABRT daemon broadcasts a D-Bus message whenever a problem report is created. If the ABRT applet is running in a graphical desktop environment, it catches this message and displays a notification dialog on the desktop. You can open the ABRT GUI using this dialog by clicking on the Report button. You can also open the ABRT GUI by selecting the ApplicationsSundryAutomatic Bug Reporting Tool menu item.
Alternatively, you can run the ABRT GUI from the command line as follows:
~]$ gnome-abrt &
The ABRT GUI window displays a list of detected problems. Each problem entry consists of the name of the failing application, the reason why the application crashed, and the date of the last occurrence of the problem.

Figure 24.3. ABRT GUI

To access a detailed problem description, double-click on a problem-report line or click on the Report button while the respective problem line is selected. You can then follow the instructions to proceed with the process of describing the problem, determining how it should be analyzed, and where it should be reported. To discard a problem, click on the Delete button.