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1. Bugs
1.1 There are still bugs
1.2 Where to report
1.3 What to report
1.4 libcurl problems
1.5 Who will fix the problems
1.6 How to get a stack trace
1.7 Bugs in libcurl bindings
2. Bug fixing procedure
2.1 What happens on first filing
2.2 First response
2.3 Not reproducible
2.4 Unresponsive
2.5 Lack of time/interest
2.7 TODO
2.8 Closing off stalled bugs
1.1 There are still bugs
Curl and libcurl have grown substantially since the beginning. At the time
of writing (January 2013), there are about 83,000 lines of source code, and
by the time you read this it has probably grown even more.
Of course there are lots of bugs left. And lots of misfeatures.
To help us make curl the stable and solid product we want it to be, we need
bug reports and bug fixes.
1.2 Where to report
If you can't fix a bug yourself and submit a fix for it, try to report an as
detailed report as possible to a curl mailing list to allow one of us to
have a go at a solution. You can optionally also post your bug/problem at
curl's bug tracking system over at
Please read the rest of this document below first before doing that!
If you feel you need to ask around first, find a suitable mailing list and
post there. The lists are available on
1.3 What to report
When reporting a bug, you should include all information that will help us
understand what's wrong, what you expected to happen and how to repeat the
bad behavior. You therefore need to tell us:
- your operating system's name and version number
- what version of curl you're using (curl -V is fine)
- versions of the used libraries that libcurl is built to use
- what URL you were working with (if possible), at least which protocol
and anything and everything else you think matters. Tell us what you
expected to happen, tell use what did happen, tell us how you could make it
work another way. Dig around, try out, test. Then include all the tiny bits
and pieces in your report. You will benefit from this yourself, as it will
enable us to help you quicker and more accurately.
Since curl deals with networks, it often helps us if you include a protocol
debug dump with your bug report. The output you get by using the -v or
--trace options.
If curl crashed, causing a core dump (in unix), there is hardly any use to
send that huge file to anyone of us. Unless we have an exact same system
setup as you, we can't do much with it. Instead we ask you to get a stack
trace and send that (much smaller) output to us instead!
The address and how to subscribe to the mailing lists are detailed in the
MANUAL file.
1.4 libcurl problems
When you've written your own application with libcurl to perform transfers,
it is even more important to be specific and detailed when reporting bugs.
Tell us the libcurl version and your operating system. Tell us the name and
version of all relevant sub-components like for example the SSL library
you're using and what name resolving your libcurl uses. If you use SFTP or
SCP, the libssh2 version is relevant etc.
Showing us a real source code example repeating your problem is the best way
to get our attention and it will greatly increase our chances to understand
your problem and to work on a fix (if we agree it truly is a problem).
Lots of problems that appear to be libcurl problems are actually just abuses
of the libcurl API or other malfunctions in your applications. It is advised
that you run your problematic program using a memory debug tool like
valgrind or similar before you post memory-related or "crashing" problems to
1.5 Who will fix the problems
If the problems or bugs you describe are considered to be bugs, we want to
have the problems fixed.
There are no developers in the curl project that are paid to work on bugs.
All developers that take on reported bugs do this on a voluntary basis. We
do it out of an ambition to keep curl and libcurl excellent products and out
of pride.
But please do not assume that you can just lump over something to us and it
will then magically be fixed after some given time. Most often we need
feedback and help to understand what you've experienced and how to repeat a
problem. Then we may only be able to assist YOU to debug the problem and to
track down the proper fix.
We get reports from many people every month and each report can take a
considerable amount of time to really go to the bottom with.
1.6 How to get a stack trace
First, you must make sure that you compile all sources with -g and that you
don't 'strip' the final executable. Try to avoid optimizing the code as
well, remove -O, -O2 etc from the compiler options.
Run the program until it cores.
Run your debugger on the core file, like '<debugger> curl core'. <debugger>
should be replaced with the name of your debugger, in most cases that will
be 'gdb', but 'dbx' and others also occur.
When the debugger has finished loading the core file and presents you a
prompt, enter 'where' (without the quotes) and press return.
The list that is presented is the stack trace. If everything worked, it is
supposed to contain the chain of functions that were called when curl
crashed. Include the stack trace with your detailed bug report. It'll help a
1.7 Bugs in libcurl bindings
There will of course pop up bugs in libcurl bindings. You should then
primarily approach the team that works on that particular binding and see
what you can do to help them fix the problem.
If you suspect that the problem exists in the underlying libcurl, then
please convert your program over to plain C and follow the steps outlined
2. Bug fixing procedure
2.1 What happens on first filing
When a new issue is posted in the issue tracker or on the mailing list, the
team of developers first need to see the report. Maybe they took the day
off, maybe they're off in the woods hunting. Have patience. Allow at least a
few days before expecting someone to have responded.
In the issue tracker you can expect that some labels will be set on the
issue to help categorize it.
2.2 First response
If your issue/bug report wasn't perfect at once (and few are), chances are
that someone will ask follow-up questions. Which version did you use? Which
options did you use? How often does the problem occur? How can we reproduce
this problem? Which protocols does it involve? Or perhaps much more specific
and deep diving questions. It all depends on your specific issue.
You should then respond to these follow-up questions and provide more info
about the problem, so that we can help you figure it out. Or maybe you can
help us figure it out. An active back-and-forth communication is important
and the key for finding a cure and landing a fix.
2.3 Not reproducible
For problems that we can't reproduce and can't understand even after having
gotten all the info we need and having studied the source code over again,
are really hard to solve so then we may require further work from you who
actually see or experience the problem.
2.4 Unresponsive
If the problem haven't been understood or reproduced, and there's nobody
responding to follow-up questions or questions asking for clarifications or
for discussing possible ways to move forward with the task, we take that as
a strong suggestion that the bug is not important.
Unimportant issues will be closed as inactive sooner or later as they can't
be fixed. The inactivity period (waiting for responses) should not be
shorter than two weeks but may extend months.
2.5 Lack of time/interest
Bugs that are filed and are understood can unfortunately end up in the
"nobody cares enough about it to work on it" category. Such bugs are
perfectly valid problems that *should* get fixed but apparently aren't. We
try to mark such bugs as "KNOWN_BUGS material" after a time of inactivity
and if no activity is noticed after yet some time those bugs are added to
KNOWN_BUGS and are closed in the issue tracker.
This is a list of known bugs. Bugs we know exist and that have been pointed
out but that haven't yet been fixed. The reasons for why they haven't been
fixed can involve anything really, but the primary reason is that nobody has
considered these problems to be important enough to spend the necessary time
and effort to have them fixed.
The KNOWN_BUGS are always up for grabs and we will always love the ones who
bring one of them back to live and offers solutions to them.
The KNOWN_BUGS document has a sibling document known as TODO.
2.7 TODO
Issues that are filed or reported that aren't really bugs but more missing
features or ideas for future improvements and so on are marked as
'enhancement' or 'feature-request' and will be added to the TODO document
instead and the issue is closed. We don't keep TODO items in the issue
The TODO document is full of ideas and suggestions of what we can add or fix
one day. You're always encouraged and free to grab one of those items and
take up a discussion with the curl development team on how that could be
implemented or provided in the project so that you can work on ticking it
odd that document.
If the issue is rather a bug and not a missing feature or functionality, it
is listed in KNOWN_BUGS instead.
2.8 Closing off stalled bugs
The issue and pull request trackers on will
only hold "active" entries (using a non-precise definition of what active
actually is, but they're at least not completely dead). Those that are
abandonded or in other ways dormant will be closed and sometimes added to
TODO and KNOWN_BUGS instead.
This way, we only have "active" issues open on github. Irrelevant issues and
pull requests will not distract developes or casual visitors.