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       apt-listchanges — Show new changelog entries from Debian package archives


       apt-listchanges [options ... ]  {--apt  | package.deb ... }


       apt-listchanges  is  a  tool  to  show  what has been changed in a new version of a Debian
       package, as compared to the version currently installed on the system.

       It  does  this  by  extracting  the  relevant  entries  from  both  the  NEWS.Debian   and
       changelog[.Debian]  files,  usually  found  in /usr/share/doc/package, from Debian package

       Given a set of filenames as arguments (or read from apt when using --apt), apt-listchanges
       will  scan  the  files  (assumed to be Debian package archives) for the relevant changelog
       entries, and display them all in a summary, sorted by urgency.


                 Read filenames from a specially-formatted pipeline (as provided by apt),  rather
                 than  from command line arguments, and honor certain apt-specific options in the
                 config file.  This pipeline must be in "version 2" format, specified in the  apt

       -v, --verbose
                 Display  additional  (usually  unwanted)  information.   For  instance,  print a
                 message when a package of the same or older version is to be installed, or  when
                 a package is to be newly installed.

       -f, --frontend
                 Select  which  frontend  to  use  to  display  information to the user.  Current
                 frontends include:

                 pager     Uses your favorite pager to display output.   By  default,  the  PAGER
                           environment  variable  will  be  used.   The  "pager"  option  may  be
                           specified in the configuration file to select a specific pager for use
                           with apt-listchanges.

                 browser   Displays  an  HTML-formatted  changelog  using  a  web  browser,  with
                           hyperlinks for bugs and email  addresses.   By  default,  the  BROWSER
                           environment  variable  will  be  used.   The  "browser"  option may be
                           specified in the configuration file to select a specific  browser  for
                           use with apt-listchanges.

                           Uses  your  favorite  pager to display output, but does so in an xterm
                           (using the x-terminal-emulator alternative) in the  background.   This
                           allows  you  to  go  on  with the upgrade if you like, and continue to
                           browse the changelogs.  You can override the terminal emulator  to  be
                           used with the "xterm" configuration option.

                           The  logical combination of xterm-pager and browser.  Only appropriate
                           for text-mode browsers.

                 text      Dumps output to stdout, with no pauses.

                 mail      Sends mail to the address specified with --email-address, and does not
                           display changelogs.

                 gtk       Spawns  a  gtk  window to display the changelogs. Needs python-glade2,
                           python-gtk2 to be installed.

                 none      Does nothing.  Can be used to  prevent  apt-listchanges  from  running
                           when configured to run automatically from apt.

                 In addition to displaying it, mail a copy of the changelog data to the specified
                 address.  To only mail changelog entries,  use  this  option  with  the  special
                 frontend 'mail'.

       -c, --confirm
                 Once changelogs have been displayed, ask the user whether or not to proceed.  If
                 the user chooses not to proceed, a nonzero exit status will be returned, and apt
                 will abort.

       -a, --all Rather  than  trying  to  display  changelog  entries  that  are  newer than the
                 currently installed version of the package, simply display all changelog entries
                 for  all  packages.   This  is useful for viewing the entire changelog of a .deb
                 before extracting it.

                 This option will cause apt-listchanges to keep track of the last  version  of  a
                 package for which changelogs have been displayed, to avoid redisplaying the same
                 changelogs in a future invocation.  The database is stored in  the  named  file.
                 Specify 'none' to disable this feature.

                 This  option  selects  whether  news (from NEWS.Debian et al.), changelogs (from
                 changelog.Debian et al.) or both should be displayed.  The default is to display
                 only news.

       --help    Displays syntax information.

       -h, --headers
                 These  options  will  cause  apt-listchanges  to  insert  a  header  before each
                 package's changelog showing the name of the package, and the names of the binary
                 packages which are being upgraded (if there is more than one, or it differs from
                 the source package name).

       --debug   Display some debugging information

                 Select   an   option   profile.    name   corresponds   to    a    section    in
                 /etc/apt/listchanges.conf.   The  default  when  invoked  from apt is "apt", and
                 "cmdline" otherwise.


                 Frontend to use

       BROWSER   Used by the browser frontend, should be set to a command expecting a  file:  URL
                 for an HTML file to display.


                 Configuration  file.   Most options have the same names as command-line options,
                 with hyphens translated to underscores.

       Example configuration file




                 The above configuration file specifies that in command-line  mode,  the  default
                 frontend should be "pager".  In apt mode, the xterm-pager frontend is default, a
                 copy of the changelogs (if any) should be emailed to root,  and  apt-listchanges
                 should   ask   for   confirmation.    If   apt-listchanges   is   invoked   with
                 --profile=custom, the browser frontend will be used, and invoke mozilla.

                 Database used for save-seen


       apt-listchanges was written by Matt Zimmerman <>