Apt-Get: Viewing Release Notes on Packages Updated and/or Installed

Subjectively speaking, you might want to see release notes for packages, whether you’re installing them or updating them. (If this isn’t down your avenue of caring or you’re looking for a more exciting post, then, you can probably just skip this rest of this, altogether. True story.)

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Anyways, if you use terminal to update your machine, there’s a Debian package (sorry, other flavours, I haven’t dug into it but maybe you have the equivalent?) that – when installed – will configure apt-get to automatically prompt you with the release notes for any update or package that you install.

Of course, the caveat is that if you’re updating (e.g.: upgrade), the release notes are shown just before install.

The package, in question, is called apt-listchanges. You can see screenshots of it in action, here.

Install it as you would any other package and that’s it. 🙂

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Beskrivning Om Uppdaterar

SV: Kund vi talar om “update descriptions” för en minut? Jag har sett att updates för Windows inte hade en bra beskrivning under lĂ„ng tid. Jad hade söker för den beskrivning att förstĂ„r vad var fel och varför det var behöver.

Men nu… VĂ€l… Se för din sjĂ€lva.

apt-listchanges: FörÀndringslogg
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signal-desktop (1.22.0) whatever; urgency=medium

  * Package created with FPM.

 -- Open Whisper Systems <[email protected]>  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:25:24 -0800

Varför kunde inte dom skriver nĂ„got? Och varför behöver jag den uppdater? Jag vet jag kunde besöker för den beskrivning, om den app Ă€r open-source (som Signal), men varför ska jag det? Och jag ska inte vill gör det för varje app…

Pull Request

Commit

I en vĂ€rld, dĂ€r implicit förtroende var förlorade (tack dĂ„liga regeringar), jag kan inte förstĂ„r varför nĂ„gon kunde inte skriver nĂ„got som sĂ„ enkelt som, “Fixed max-width calculation“.

Detta var den slut om min rant. Tack för att kommer till min TEDTalkℱ.

EN: Can we talk about “update descriptions” for a minute? I have seen updates for Windows didn’t have a good description for a long time. I had to look for a description to understand what was wrong (broken) and why it was needed.

But now… Well… See for yourselves.

apt-listchanges: FörÀndringslogg
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signal-desktop (1.22.0) whatever; urgency=medium

  * Package created with FPM.

 -- Open Whisper Systems <[email protected]>  Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:25:24 -0800

Why couldn’t they write anything? And why do I need the update? I know I could look for a description, if the application is open-source (like Signal), but why should I? And I’m not going to want to do it for every app…

Pull Request

Commit

In a world, where implicit trust was lost (thanks bad governments), I cannot understand why anyone couldn’t write something as simple as, “Fixed max-width calculation“.

That’s the end of my rant. Tanks for coming to my TEDTalkℱ.