parsechangelog - parse Debian changelogs and output them in other formats
parsechangelog [options] [changelogfile]
Options: --help, -h print usage information --version, -V print version information --file, -l <file> changelog file to parse, defaults to 'debian/changelog' -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 than version --to, -t <version> include all changes up to or equal than version --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
-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
--all overrides all other range selecting options.
overrides all other range selection options except for
The range selecting options can be mixed together, but only one
--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 Parse::DebianChangelog/"COMMON OUTPUT OPTIONS".
parsechangelog parses Debian changelogs as described in the Debian policy (version 188.8.131.52 at the time of this writing) and converts them to other output formats. See section "SEE ALSO" for locations where to find the full format definition.
The output formats supported are currently:
dpkgformat, 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.
Parse::DebianChangelog, the underlying Perl module
Description of the Debian changelog format in the Debian policy: http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-source.html#s-dpkgchangelog.
Frank Lichtenheld, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright (C) 2005 by Frank Lichtenheld
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