dpkg-parsechangelog


SYNOPSIS
       dpkg-parsechangelog [option...]

DESCRIPTION
       dpkg-parsechangelog  reads  and  parses  the  changelog  of an unpacked
       Debian source tree and outputs the information in it to standard output
       in a machine-readable form.

OPTIONS
       -lchangelog-file
              Specifies the changelog file to read information from. A '-' can
              be used to specify reading from standard input. The  default  is
              debian/changelog.

       -Fchangelog-format
              Specifies  the format of the changelog. By default the format is
              read from a special line near the bottom  of  the  changelog  or
              failing  that  defaults  to the debian standard format. See also
              CHANGELOG FORMATS.

       -Llibdir
              Specify an additional directory to search  for  parser  scripts.
              This  directory is searched before the default directories which
              are     currently     /usr/local/lib/dpkg/parsechangelog     and
              /usr/lib/dpkg/parsechangelog.

       -S, --show-field field
              Specifies  the  name  of  the field to show (since dpkg 1.17.0).
              The field name is not printed, only its value.

       -?, --help
              Show the usage message and exit.

       --version
              Show the version and exit.

   Parser Options
       The following options can be  used  to  influence  the  output  of  the
       changelog  parser,  e.g. the range of entries or the format of the out-
       put. They need to be supported by the parser script  in  question.  See
       also NOTES.

       --file file
              Set  the  changelog  filename to parse. Default is '-' (standard
              input).

       -l, --label file
              Set the name of the changelog file to  use  in  error  messages,
              instead of using the name from the --file option, or its default
              value.

       --format output-format
              Set the output format. Currently supported values are  dpkg  and
              Urgency: urgency
                     The highest urgency of all included entries is used, fol-
                     lowed by the concatenated (space-separated) comments from
                     all the versions requested.

              Maintainer: author

              Date: date

              Closes: bug-number
                     The Closes fields of all included entries are merged.

              Changes: changelog-entries
                     The  text  of  all  changelog entries is concatenated. To
                     make this field a valid Debian control  format  multiline
                     field  empty  lines  are replaced with a single full stop
                     and all lines is intended by  one  space  character.  The
                     exact content depends on the changelog format.

              The  Version,  Distribution,  Urgency,  Maintainer  and  Changes
              fields are mandatory.

              There might be additional user-defined fields present.

              The rfc822 format uses the same fields but  outputs  a  separate
              paragraph for each changelog entry so that all metadata for each
              entry is preserved.

       --since version, -sversion, -vversion
              include all changes later than version.

       --until version, -uversion
              include all changes earlier than version.

       --from version, -fversion
              include all changes equal or later than version.

       --to version, -tversion
              include all changes up to or equal than version.

       --count number, -cnumber, -nnumber
              include number entries from the top (or the tail  if  number  is
              lower than 0).

       --offset number, -onumber
              change  the starting point for --count, counted from the top (or
              the tail if number is lower than 0).

       --all  include all changes. Note: other options  have  no  effect  when
              this is in use.

CHANGELOG FORMATS
       It  is  possible to use a different format to the standard one, by pro-
       viding a parser for that alternative format.
       sechangelog/otherformat; it is an error for it not being present or not
       being an executable program.  The default changelog format  is  debian,
       and a parser for it is provided by default.

       The parser will be invoked with the changelog open on standard input at
       the start of the file. It should read the  file  (it  may  seek  if  it
       wishes)  to  determine  the  information required and return the parsed
       information to standard output in the format specified by the  --format
       option.  It should accept all Parser Options.

       If  the  changelog format which is being parsed always or almost always
       leaves a blank line between individual change notes, these blank  lines
       should be stripped out, so as to make the resulting output compact.

       If  the changelog format does not contain date or package name informa-
       tion this information should be omitted from  the  output.  The  parser
       should not attempt to synthesize it or find it from other sources.

       If  the  changelog  does not have the expected format the parser should
       exit with a nonzero exit status, rather than trying to  muddle  through
       and possibly generating incorrect output.

       A changelog parser may not interact with the user at all.

NOTES
       All Parser Options except for -v are only supported since dpkg 1.14.16.
       Third party parsers for changelog formats other than debian  might  not
       support all options.

FILES
       debian/changelog
              The changelog file, used to obtain version-dependent information
              about the source package, such as the urgency  and  distribution
              of  an  upload, the changes made since a particular release, and
              the source version number itself.



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