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I'm running Ubuntu and I have a deb file installed. I've made deb packages before, so I know there is a debian changelog (debchange). Is there anyway to see the debian changelog for any package that I have installed? Assume I don't have access to the deb source file for this package, and I don't have the deb file available. I am able to install extra packages if needed.

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to see changes for apt-get installed packages: apt-get changelog <package> –  J.F. Sebastian Apr 11 '13 at 13:01
@J.F.Sebastian apt-get doesn't have such a command. –  gipi Nov 10 '13 at 9:50
@gipi: apt-get changelog apt | grep -C5 'apt-get changelog' shows that this command is introduced in apt (0.8.9ubuntu1) natty (2010). You can get the source (it is open-source after all): run apt-get source apt and find cmdline/apt-get.cc file and look at DoChangelog() function (btw, look at DoMoo() function). –  J.F. Sebastian Nov 10 '13 at 12:06
strange, I have the (debian) apt and this command is not available. –  gipi Nov 10 '13 at 17:16

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apt-listchanges is a nice package to have around, but without having a deb file around your best bet most probably is to read the Debian changelog from /usr/share/doc/somepackage/changelog.Debian.gz.

Make it an alias with

alias debchange="zless /usr/share/doc/$0/changelog.Debian.gz

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