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       pr-edit - creates, edits or deletes PRs


              [ --lock=username | -l username ] [ --unlock | -u ]
              [ --lockdb | -L ] [ --unlockdb | -U ]
              [ --check | -c ] [ --check-initial | -C ]
              [ --submit | -s ]
              [ --append=field | -a field ] [ --replace=field | -r field ]
              [ --reason=reason | -R reason ]
              [ --delete-pr ]
              [ --process=process-id | -p process-id ]
              [ --database=database | -d database ]
              [ --filename=filename | -f filename ]
              [ --version | -V ] [ --help | -h ]
              [ --user=username | -v username ]
              [ --passwd=password | -w password ]
              [ --host=host | -H host ]
              [ --port=port | -P port ]
              [ --debug | -D ]
              [ PR ]


       pr-edit  can  be  used  to  edit  an existing PR by either replacing or
       appending to particular fields within the PR, or providing a new PR  to
       replace  the  existing  one. pr-edit can also be used to create new PRs
       from scratch, or delete existing ones.

       pr-edit also provides miscellaneous services for locking and  unlocking
       PRs,   locking  or  unlocking  an  entire  database,  or verifying that
       proposed PR contents are valid and correct.


       --lockdb, -L
            Locks the specified database.  No PRs may be  edited,  created  or
            deleted while the database is locked.

            This option is generally used when editing the index file.

       --unlockdb, -U
            Unlocks  the  database.   No  check is made that the invoking user
            actually had locked the database in the first place; hence, it  is
            possible for anyone to steal a database lock.

       --check, -c

       --check-initial, -C
            The  --check options are used to verify that a proposed PR’s field
            contents are valid.  The PR is read in (either  from  stdin  or  a
            file  specified  with  --filename),  and  its  fields are compared
            against the rules specified by the database configuration  of  the
            selected database.  Warnings are given for enumerated fields whose
            contents do not contain one of the required values or fields  that
            do not match required regexps.

            --check-initial  is  used  to  verify  initial  PRs,  rather  than
            proposed edits of existing PRs.

       --submit, -s
            Used to submit a new PR to the database.  The PR is  read  in  and
            verified  for  content; if the PR is valid as an initial PR, it is
            then added to the database.

            A zero exit code is returned if  the  submission  was  successful.
            Otherwise,  the reason(s) for the PR being rejected are printed to
            stdout, and a non-zero exit code is returned.

       The following options require a PR number to be given.

            Deletes the specified PR from the database.  The PR must be  in  a
            closed state, and not locked.

            Only the GNATS user (by default gnats) is permitted to delete PRs.

       --lock=username, -l username
            Locks the PR.  username is associated with the lock, so the system
            administrator  can  determine  who actually placed the lock on the
            PR.  However, anyone is permitted to remove locks on a PR.

            If the optional --process-id option is also given, that process-id
            is associated with the lock.

       --unlock, -u
            Unlocks the PR.

       --append=field, -a field

       --replace=field, -r field
            --append  and --replace are used to append or replace content of a
            specific field within a PR.  The new field content is read in from
            stdin (or from the file specified with the --filename option), and
            either appended or replaced to the  specified  field.   The  field
            contents  are verified for correctness before the PR is rewritten.

            If the edit is successful, a zero exit status is returned.  If the
            edit  failed,  a non-zero exit status is returned, and the reasons
            for the failure are printed to stdout.

       --reason=reason, -R reason
            Certain PR fields are configured in the database configuration  to
            require  a  short text describing the reason for every change that
            is made to them.  If you edit a PR and change any such fields, you
            must provide a short text, the reason for the change, through this
            option.  If the option is  used  and  no  change-reason  requiring
            field is actually changed, the option has no effect.

       [PR] If  only  a  PR  number  is  specified  with  no  other options, a
            replacement PR is read in (either from stdin or the file specified
            with  --filename).   If the PR contents are valid and correct, the
            existing PR is replaced with the new PR contents.

            If the edit is successful, a zero exit status is returned.  If the
            edit  failed,  a non-zero exit status is returned, and the reasons
            for the failure are printed to stdout.

       --database=database, -d database
            Specifies the database which is to be manipulated.  If no database
            is  specified, the database named default is assumed.  This option
            overrides  the  database  specified  in  the  GNATSDB  environment

       --filename=filename, -f filename
            For  actions  that  require reading in a PR or field content, this
            specifies the name of a  file  to  read.   If  --filename  is  not
            specified, the PR or field content is read in from stdin.

       --version, -V
            Displays the version number of the program.

       --help, -h
            Prints a brief usage message.

       --host=host, -H host
            Hostname of the GNATS server.

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

       --user=username, -v username
            Username used when logging into the GNATS server.

       --passwd=password, -w password
            Password used when logging into the GNATS server.

       --debug, -D
            Used to debug network connections.


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

       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 and the --database option is not supplied, it is
       assumed that the database is local and that its name is default.


       Keeping Track: Managing Messages With GNATS (also installed as the  GNU
       Info file

       databases(5),  dbconfig(5),  delete-pr(8),  edit-pr(1) file-pr(8), gen-
       index(8), gnats(7), gnatsd(8), mkcat(8),  mkdb(8),  pr-edit(8),  query-
       pr(1), queue-pr(8), send-pr(1).


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