1[Some of this is taken from Frohwalt Egerer's original linux-kernel FAQ]
   3     What follows is a suggested procedure for reporting Linux bugs. You
   4aren't obliged to use the bug reporting format, it is provided as a guide
   5to the kind of information that can be useful to developers - no more.
   7     If the failure includes an "OOPS:" type message in your log or on
   8screen please read "Documentation/oops-tracing.txt" before posting your
   9bug report. This explains what you should do with the "Oops" information
  10to make it useful to the recipient.
  12      Send the output to the maintainer of the kernel area that seems to
  13be involved with the problem. Don't worry too much about getting the
  14wrong person. If you are unsure send it to the person responsible for the
  15code relevant to what you were doing. If it occurs repeatably try and
  16describe how to recreate it. That is worth even more than the oops itself.
  17The list of maintainers is in the MAINTAINERS file in this directory.
  19      If it is a security bug, please copy the Security Contact listed
  20in the MAINTAINERS file.  They can help coordinate bugfix and disclosure.
  21See Documentation/SecurityBugs for more information.
  23      If you are totally stumped as to whom to send the report, send it to (For more information on the linux-kernel
  25mailing list see
  27This is a suggested format for a bug report sent to the Linux kernel mailing
  28list. Having a standardized bug report form makes it easier for you not to
  29overlook things, and easier for the developers to find the pieces of
  30information they're really interested in. Don't feel you have to follow it.
  32      First run the ver_linux script included as scripts/ver_linux, which
  33reports the version of some important subsystems.  Run this script with
  34the command "sh scripts/ver_linux".
  36Use that information to fill in all fields of the bug report form, and
  37post it to the mailing list with a subject of "PROBLEM: <one line
  38summary from [1.]>" for easy identification by the developers.
  40[1.] One line summary of the problem:
  41[2.] Full description of the problem/report:
  42[3.] Keywords (i.e., modules, networking, kernel):
  43[4.] Kernel information
  44[4.1.] Kernel version (from /proc/version):
  45[4.2.] Kernel .config file:
  46[5.] Most recent kernel version which did not have the bug:
  47[6.] Output of Oops.. message (if applicable) with symbolic information
  48     resolved (see Documentation/oops-tracing.txt)
  49[7.] A small shell script or example program which triggers the
  50     problem (if possible)
  51[8.] Environment
  52[8.1.] Software (add the output of the ver_linux script here)
  53[8.2.] Processor information (from /proc/cpuinfo):
  54[8.3.] Module information (from /proc/modules):
  55[8.4.] Loaded driver and hardware information (/proc/ioports, /proc/iomem)
  56[8.5.] PCI information ('lspci -vvv' as root)
  57[8.6.] SCSI information (from /proc/scsi/scsi)
  58[8.7.] Other information that might be relevant to the problem
  59       (please look in /proc and include all information that you
  60       think to be relevant):
  61[X.] Other notes, patches, fixes, workarounds:
  64Thank you
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