Default MaxReports of 3 skews statistics in error database

Bug #973277 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2012-04-04
This bug affects 10 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
apt (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

apt 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu6, Ubuntu Pangolin

When more than 3 apt errors occur in some period, apt says "No apport report written because MaxReports has already been reached".

That limit skews statistics of how often each error occurs, which will in turn skew priorities of which problems are most important to fix.

That might have been a worthy tradeoff for saving people from the interaction required to report bugs. But when error reports are being sent to a database without user interaction, it is no longer relevant.

Either the limit should apply only when the error storage requires interaction (e.g. Launchpad), or it should be removed altogether.

Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: iso-testing
David Kalnischkies (donkult) wrote :

Just as a comment: After the first error you have a decent chance to report errors which depend on the previous error.
'example-data' can't be installed for whatever reason - the logical consequence is that 'example' will fail to install, too, resulting in a useless bugreport. After the first "valid" failure you can easily accumulate hundreds of followups…

3 is not a hard-coded limit btw. APT::Apport::MaxReports is the relevant config option if you desire to play with different values.

Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Are package installation failures actually being reported to the crash database or is it only crashes?

Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in apt (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
dino99 (9d9) on 2012-06-01
tags: added: i386 precise
martin suc (martin-suc) wrote :

Where can I setup APT::Apport::MaxReports ?

> Where can I setup APT::Apport::MaxReports ?


Evan (ev) on 2012-11-01
tags: added: whoopsie-daisy
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