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Fedora Error Reporting: Hide Sensitive Data

asked 2018-07-30 01:32:50 -0500

Sudharaka gravatar image

Hi everyone,

When Fedora detects a problem it the problem reporting tool records it and I always try to send the error report. However normally a pop-up appears allowing me to verify to upload core dump or not.

Ok to upload core dump? (It may contain sensitive data). If your answer is 'No', a stack trace will be generated locally. (It may download a huge amount of data).

This also give a tick box that gives me the option to remind my choice. I clicked on this checkbox and then it never asks me this confirmation but assumes I have said yes. I want to change this to the default behaviour so that it prompts me whether or not to send the core dump.

I tried to go to the preferences of the problem reporting tool and change this, but I coudn't find any option regarding this. Do you have any idea where I could get this confirmation pop-up again?

Thank you for your time.

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answered 2018-07-30 12:09:51 -0500

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Please have a look at ~/.config/abrt/settings/report-gtk.conf and ~/.config/abrt/settings/report-cli.conf depending on whether you are using the GUI or the CLI version of abrt.

You may want to change the value of the abrt_analyze_smart_ask_perform_local_analysis option. I have not found any documentation for this option though, so you may want to consult upstream source code for details.

Alternatively, you may simply delete those two files to reset defaults.

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answered 2018-08-01 00:30:36 -0500

Sudharaka gravatar image

Hi genodeftest,

Thanks much for the answer. I have used the GUI version so I altered the report-gtk.conf file. I believe this will fix the issue.

Just to clarify further; since I am learning Linux on the way, what do you mean by "consult upstream source code"?

Thank you :)

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Fedora (and others, like Debian, Ubuntu, Suse, Arch) are linux distributions. They don't have much code on their own but collect, combine and distribute software from other sources. These other sources are called "Upstream".

In Fedora, the "Downstream" package can be found at and the source code at Upstream source code for abrt resides on GitHub.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-08-01 00:57:23 -0500 )edit

If you wanted to know what this option really does, you would want to look through upstream source code and search for this option. Then you'd need to read the source code.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-08-01 01:00:04 -0500 )edit

PS: Please don't post comments as answers to your question. Post them as comments instead.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-08-01 01:00:27 -0500 )edit

Thanks a lot for these explanations and sorry that I posted these as answers. I am new here; will keep this in mind for the future. :)

Sudharaka gravatar imageSudharaka ( 2018-08-02 01:41:11 -0500 )edit

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