Reporting A Geary Bug

Geary uses Bugzilla, GNOME's bug tracker, to track bugs and new feature requests. If you have found a bug or want to request a new feature, here's how to do it:

  1. Search for the bug, in case it has already been reported

  2. If not found, file a new report in Bugzilla

  3. For crashes, get a stack trace and add it to the bug report

Note: you will be asked to register with Bugzilla in order to file a new bug or subscribe to existing bugs.

Look in the FAQ and search through the list of Geary bugs in Bugzilla. Try searching with similar words and partial prefixes. For example, if the bug is about attaching files, search for "attach" instead of "attaching" or "attachments".

If the bug has already been reported, you can add yourself to the CC list to get notified when it has been fixed.


The most direct way to report a bug to the Geary developers is by filing a bug under the Geary product in Bugzilla. Whenever you report a Geary bug, please include the following information:

  • What version of Geary are you running?
  • What operating system version are you running?
  • Are you able to make the bug happen repeatedly? If so, what sequence of actions causes it to occur?

To report the bug, use the New Bug form.

If you do not wish to register with Buzilla, send your report to the mailing list instead.

Stack Trace

If the bug is a crash or a hang and is repeatable, please follow the following steps to generate a backtrace.

1. Install debug symbols if possible.


Run: flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Geary.Debug org.gnome.Sdk.Debug (Replace flathub with the name of the repository you have installed Geary from)


Run: sudo dnf debuginfo-install geary glib2 gtk3


Follow the Ubuntu wiki instructions for installing dbgsym packages, then run: sudo apt install geary-dbgsym libglib2.0-0-dbgsym libgtk2.0-0-dbg

2. Run Geary under GDB.

If you have installed Geary using Flatpak, run the following command first before proceeding:

flatpak run --devel --command=sh org.gnome.Geary

Launch GDB:

G_DEBUG=fatal-criticals gdb --args geary --debug

At the (gdb) prompt, enter the following two commands:

handle SIGUSR1 noprint

3. Make the crash happen or in the case of a hang, press Ctrl-C to return to the GDB console.

In GDB, generate a backtrace by entering the following command:

backtrace full

This will print out a stack trace, you can then type quit to exit GDB and close Geary.

4. Once done, copy and paste the debug output into a plain text file (for example, using Gedit) and attach when filing your bug.

Please examine the debug output for private information. You may discover email addresses, folder names, etc. that you do not want to share. Remember, your bug report is public to the world, including this file. Please redact or edit the debug file before posting it.

Apps/Geary/ReportingABug (last edited 2017-12-18 06:02:58 by MichaelGratton)