debug-me: secure remote debugging

[ agpl, program, utility ] [ Propose Tags ]

Debugging a problem over emailircBTS is slow, tedious, and hard. The developer needs to see your problem to understand it. Debug-me aims to make debugging fast, fun, and easy, by letting the developer access your computer remotely, so they can immediately see and interact with the problem. Making your problem their problem gets it fixed fast.

A debug-me session is logged and signed with the developer's GnuPG key, producing a chain of evidence of what they saw and what they did. So the developer's good reputation is leveraged to make debug-me secure. If you trust a developer to ship software to your computer, you can trust them to debug-me.

When you start debug-me without any options, it will connect to a debug-me server, and print out an url that you can give to the developer to get them connected to you. Then debug-me will show you their GnuPG key and who has signed it, and will let you know if they are a known developer of software on your computer. If the developer has a good reputation, you can proceed to let them type into your console in a debug-me session. Once the session is done, the debug-me server will email you the signed evidence of what the developer did in the session.

If the developer did do something bad, you'd have proof that they cannot be trusted, which you can share with the world. Knowing that is the case will keep most developers honest.


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Versions [RSS] 1.20170505, 1.20170509, 1.20170510, 1.20170810, 1.20181208, 1.20190926, 1.20200820, 1.20220324, 1.20221231
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Dependencies aeson (>=0.11 && <2.1), async (>=2.1), base (>=4.9 && <5.0), bytestring (<0.12), cereal (>=0.5), containers (>=0.5), cryptonite (>=0.20), directory (>=1.2), filepath (>=1.4), graphviz (>=2999.18.0 && <2999.21), http-client (>=0.4), http-client-tls (>=0.2), http-types (>=0.9), memory (>=0.13), mime-mail (>=0.4), network (>=2.6), network-uri (>=2.6), optparse-applicative (>=0.12), posix-pty (>=0.2.1), process (>=1.4), protobuf (>=0.2), sandi (>=0.4), stm (>=2.4), stm-chans (>=3.0), terminal-size (>=0.3), text (>=1.2.2), time (>=1.6), unbounded-delays (>=0.1), unix (>=2.7), unordered-containers (>=0.2), utf8-string (>=1.0), uuid (>=1.3), wai (>=3.2), wai-websockets (>=3.0), warp (>=3.2), websockets (>= [details]
License AGPL-3.0-only
Copyright 2017 Joey Hess
Author Joey Hess
Maintainer Joey Hess <>
Category Utility
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Source repo head: git clone git://
Uploaded by JoeyHess at 2022-12-31T18:24:02Z
Distributions Debian:1.20200820
Reverse Dependencies 1 direct, 0 indirect [details]
Executables debug-me
Downloads 3939 total (16 in the last 30 days)
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