parse Debian changelogs and output them in other formats
--help, -h print usage information
--version, -V print version information
--file, -l <file> changelog file to parse, defaults
-F<changelogformat> ignored if changelogformat = 'debian'
for compatibility with dpkg-dev
-L<libdir> ignored for compatibility with dpkg-dev
--format <outputformat> see man page for list of available
output formats, defaults to 'dpkg'
for compatibility with dpkg-dev
--since, -s, -v <version> include all changes later than version
--until, -u <version> include all changes earlier than version
--from, -f <version> include all changes equal or later
--to, -t <version> include all changes up to or equal
--count, -c, -n <number> include <number> entries from the top
(or the tail if <number> is lower than 0)
--offset, -o <number> change the starting point for --count,
counted from the top (or the tail if
<number> is lower than 0)
--all include all changes
"changelogfile" nor "-l
<file>" are specified,
debian/changelog will be used. If two different files
are specified the program will abort.
If the filename
is "-" the program reads the
changelog from standard input.
overrides all other range selecting options.
"--count" overrides all other
range selection options except for
"--all". The range selecting
options can be mixed together, but only one of
"--from" and one of
"--to" can be specified at
the same time.
The dpkg and
rfc822 formats default to showing only the first entry when
no other options are given with while the
HTML and XML formats default
to showing all entries.
For a more
extensive documentation of the range selecting options and
some (hopefully enlightening) examples see "
COMMON OUTPUT OPTIONS " in
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parses Debian changelogs as described in the Debian policy
(version 184.108.40.206 at the time of this writing) and converts
them to other output formats. See section " SEE
ALSO " for locations where to find the full
formats supported are currently:
Format as known from
dpkg-parsechangelog(1). All requested entries
(see " SYNOPSIS " on how to select
specific entries) are returned in the usual Debian control
format, merged in one stanza, ready to be used in a
Similar to the
"dpkg" format, but the requested entries
are returned as one stanza each, i.e. they are not merged.
This is probably the format to use if you want a
machine-usable representation of the changelog.
Just a simple XML dump of the changelog
data. Without any schema or DTD currently,
just some made up XML . The actual format
might still change. Comments and Improvements welcome.
The changelog is converted to a
somewhat nice looking HTML file with some
nice features as a quick-link bar with direct links to every
entry. NOTE: This is not configurable yet and
was specifically designed to be used on
<http://packages.debian.org/>. This is planned to be
changed until version 1.0. The used Parse::DebianChangelog
module already supports configuration, however, this
isn’t exposed by this program yet.
copyright and license
Copyright (C) 2005 by Frank Lichtenheld
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General
Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation;
either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY ; without even the
implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE .
See the GNU General Public License for more
You should have received a copy of the GNU General
Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free
Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston,
MA 02110-1301 USA
the underlying Perl module
the Debian changelog format in the Debian policy: