Trac Ticket Queries

In addition to reports, Trac provides support for custom ticket queries, which can be used to display tickets that meet specified criteria.

To configure and execute a custom query, switch to the View Tickets module from the navigation bar, and select the Custom Query link.


When you first go to the query page, the default filter will display tickets relevant to you:

  • If logged in then all open tickets, it will display open tickets assigned to you.
  • If not logged in but you have specified a name or email address in the preferences, then it will display all open tickets where your email (or name if email not defined) is in the CC list.
  • If not logged in and no name/email is defined in the preferences, then all open issues are displayed.

Current filters can be removed by clicking the button to the left with the minus sign on the label. New filters are added from the pulldown lists at the bottom corners of the filters box; 'And' conditions on the left, 'Or' conditions on the right. Filters with either a text box or a pulldown menu of options can be added multiple times to perform an Or on the criteria.

You can use the fields just below the filters box to group the results based on a field, or display the full description for each ticket.

After you have edited your filters, click the Update button to refresh your results.

Clicking on one of the query results will take you to that ticket. You can navigate through the results by clicking the Next Ticket or Previous Ticket links just below the main menu bar, or click the Back to Query link to return to the query page.

You can safely edit any of the tickets and continue to navigate through the results using the Next/Previous/Back to Query links after saving your results. When you return to the query any tickets which were edited will be displayed with italicized text. If one of the tickets was edited such that it no longer matches the query criteria , the text will also be greyed. Lastly, if a new ticket matching the query criteria has been created, it will be shown in bold.

The query results can be refreshed and cleared of these status indicators by clicking the Update button again.

Saving Queries

Trac allows you to save the query as a named query accessible from the reports module. To save a query ensure that you have Updated the view and then click the Save query button displayed beneath the results. You can also save references to queries in Wiki content, as described below.

Note: one way to easily build queries like the ones below, you can build and test the queries in the Custom report module and when ready - click Save query. This will build the query string for you. All you need to do is remove the extra line breaks.

Note: you must have the REPORT_CREATE permission in order to save queries to the list of default reports. The Save query button will only appear if you are logged in as a user that has been granted this permission. If your account does not have permission to create reports, you can still use the methods below to save a query.

You may want to save some queries so that you can come back to them later. You can do this by making a link to the query from any Wiki page.

[query:status=new|assigned|reopened&version=1.0 Active tickets against 1.0]

Which is displayed as:

Active tickets against 1.0

This uses a very simple query language to specify the criteria, see Query Language.

Alternatively, you can copy the query string of a query and paste that into the Wiki link, including the leading ? character:

[query:?status=new&status=assigned&status=reopened&group=owner Assigned tickets by owner]

Which is displayed as:

Assigned tickets by owner

Customizing the table format

You can also customize the columns displayed in the table format (format=table) by using col=<field>. You can specify multiple fields and what order they are displayed in by placing pipes (|) between the columns:


This is displayed as:

Results (1 - 3 of 1381)

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Ticket Resolution Summary Owner Reporter
#3969 fixed Fetch handler doesn't properly handle gmail flag updates brendan kevin8t8
#3966 fixed IMAP delete unread message brendan anton
#3965 fixed mutt-1.9.0/mutt_ssl_gnutls.c:650]: (error) Resource leak: fp mutt-dev dcb314
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Full rows

In table format you can also have full rows by using rows=<field>:


This is displayed as:

Results (1 - 3 of 1381)

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Ticket Resolution Summary Owner Reporter
#3969 fixed Fetch handler doesn't properly handle gmail flag updates brendan kevin8t8

Anton noted in ticket 3966, that the FETCH handler was not properly dealing with Gmail responses:

4< * 2 FETCH (UID 85046 FLAGS (\Seen))
Handling FETCH
Message UID 85046 updated
Only handle FLAGS updates

The issue being that the code expects only FLAGS after the first parenthesis, but is getting UID.

#3966 fixed IMAP delete unread message brendan anton

Hi, While invoking delete-message on a unread message and then syncing the IMAP mailbox the message ends up being copied to the trash but not deleted from my local cache until I issue a second sync. Running `mutt -d5` reveals the following communication between the client and server:

Copying 1 messages to Trash...
4> a0018 UID STORE 90 +FLAGS.SILENT (\Seen)
a0019 UID COPY 90 "Trash"
4< * 6 FETCH (FLAGS (\Seen $X-ME-Annot-2) UID 90)
Handling FETCH
Message UID 90 updated
4< a0016 OK Completed
4< a0017 OK [COPYUID 1503661657 90 184] Completed
IMAP queue drained

I initially thought something was wrong with the IMAP-server since according to RFC 3501:

+FLAGS.SILENT <flag list>

Equivalent to +FLAGS, but without returning a new value.

... but it also states:

Note: Regardless of whether or not the ".SILENT" suffix was used, the server SHOULD send an untagged FETCH response if a change to a message's flags from an external source is observed.

After all this looks like a documented and valid behavior.

According to my understanding of the source code, the following is triggering the behavior I'm seeing:

  1. The unanticipated FETCH is handled by cmd_parse_fetch(). Since h->changed is true (due to the deleted flag being set and yet not synced) the IMAP context is flagged as IMAP_EXPUNGE_PENDING.
  1. imap_sync_mailbox() will not end up deleting the message since imap_check_mailbox() doesn't return 0 due to the IMAP_EXPUNGE_PENDING flag being set.
  1. Issuing a second sync will cause the message to be deleted since the local flags are in sync with the server. But this will copy the message to the trash again so I will end up with two copies of the same message in the trash.

I've been tinkering with different approaches on how to solve this issue. Here's a couple of insights and ideas:

  1. Ignoring the unanticipated FETCH inside cmd_parse_fetch() if compare_flags() == 0 doesn't work since the local flags and server flags differs.
  1. Setting h->active = 0 prior issuing the STORE/COPY IMAP-commands will cause the unanticipated FETCH to be ignored similar to what's done at the end of the imap_sync_mailbox(). With my limited knowledge of the mutt source code I cant' deduce the implications of setting active at an earlier stage.
  1. Adding a flag ignore_fetch (just as an example) to the IMAP_DATA structure and setting it 1 prior issuing the STORE/COPY could inform cmd_parse_fetch() that any FETCH should be ignored. Not the cleanest solution since it adds more state handling.

Any thoughts and ideas on how to solve this would be much appreciated.

$ mutt -v
Mutt 1.9+10 (0e0a4b7e9dd1) (2017-09-02)
Copyright (C) 1996-2016 Michael R. Elkins and others.
Mutt comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `mutt -vv'.
Mutt is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; type `mutt -vv' for details.

System: OpenBSD 6.2 (amd64)
ncurses: ncurses 5.7.20081102 (compiled with 5.7)

Reading specs from /usr/lib/gcc-lib/amd64-unknown-openbsd6.2/4.2.1/specs
Target: amd64-unknown-openbsd6.2
Configured with: OpenBSD/amd64 system compiler
Thread model: posix
gcc version 4.2.1 20070719 

Configure options: '--enable-debug' '--enable-imap' '--enable-sidebar' '--with-ssl' 'CFLAGS=-g'

Compilation CFLAGS: -Wall -pedantic -Wno-long-long -g

Compile options:
To contact the developers, please mail to <>.
To report a bug, please visit
#3965 fixed mutt-1.9.0/mutt_ssl_gnutls.c:650]: (error) Resource leak: fp mutt-dev dcb314

Source code is

if ((fp = fopen (SslCertFile?, "r"))) {

if (REGCOMP(&preg, "#H ([a-zA-Z0-9_
.-]+) ([0-9A-F]{4}( [0-9A-F]{4}){7})[ \t]*$",

REG_ICASE) != 0)


return 0;


Other paths through the code have calls to

safe_fclose (&fp);

Maybe such a call is needed here ?

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Query Language

query: TracLinks and the [[TicketQuery]] macro both use a mini “query language” for specifying query filters. Filters are separated by ampersands (&). Each filter consists of the ticket field name, an operator and one or more values. More than one value are separated by a pipe (|), meaning that the filter matches any of the values. To include a literal & or | in a value, escape the character with a backslash (\).

The available operators are:

= the field content exactly matches one of the values
~= the field content contains one or more of the values
^= the field content starts with one of the values
$= the field content ends with one of the values

All of these operators can also be negated:

!= the field content matches none of the values
!~= the field content does not contain any of the values
!^= the field content does not start with any of the values
!$= the field content does not end with any of the values

The date fields created and modified can be constrained by using the = operator and specifying a value containing two dates separated by two dots (..). Either end of the date range can be left empty, meaning that the corresponding end of the range is open. The date parser understands a few natural date specifications like "3 weeks ago", "last month" and "now", as well as Bugzilla-style date specifications like "1d", "2w", "3m" or "4y" for 1 day, 2 weeks, 3 months and 4 years, respectively. Spaces in date specifications can be omitted to avoid having to quote the query string.

created=2007-01-01..2008-01-01 query tickets created in 2007
created=lastmonth..thismonth query tickets created during the previous month
modified=1weekago.. query tickets that have been modified in the last week
modified=..30daysago query tickets that have been inactive for the last 30 days

See also: TracTickets, TracReports, TracGuide, TicketQuery

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