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edit-pr - edit a problem report in the GNATS database


[ -h | --help ] [ -V | --version ]
[ -d databasename | --database=databasename ]
[ -H host | --host=host ] [ -P port | --port=port ]
[ -v user | --user=user ] [ -w password | --passwd=password ]


edit-pr is used to make changes to existing PRs in a GNATS database.

edit-pr first examines the PR and locks it if it is not already locked. This is to
prevent a PR from being edited by two users simultaneously. If the PR is already in the
process of being edited, edit-pr displays the name of the person who owns the lock.

edit-pr then calls $EDITOR on PR. After the PR has been edited, it is resubmitted to the
database, and the index is updated.

If you change a field that requires a reason for the change, edit-pr prompts you to supply
a reason for the change. A message is then appended to the Audit-Trail field of PR with
the changed values and the change reason.

Depending on how the database is configured, editing various fields in the PR may also
cause mail to be sent concerning these changes. In the default configuration, any fields
that generate Audit-Trail entries will cause a copy of the new Audit-Trail message to be


-h, --help
Prints a brief usage message for edit-pr.

-V, --version
Prints the version number for edit-pr.

-d, --database
Specifies the database containing the PR to be edited; if no database is
specified, the database named default is assumed. This option overrides the
database specified in the GNATSDB environment variable.

GNATS network options:
-H, --host
Hostname of the GNATS server.

-P, --port
The port that the GNATS server runs on.

-v, --username
Username used to log into the GNATS server.

-w, --passwd
Password used to log into the GNATS server.


The environment variable EDITOR specifies the editor to invoke on the PR. Default is

The GNATSDB environment variable is used to determine which database to
use. For a local database, it contains the name of the database to access.

For network access via gnatsd, it contains a colon-separated list of strings that describe
the remote database, in the form


Any of the fields may be omitted, but at least one colon must appear; otherwise, the value
is assumed to be the name of a local database.

If GNATSDB is not set, it is assumed that the database is local and that its name is

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