Two days ago I upgraded several packages. I remember reading something important after the packages were downloaded and before they were installed, but only now I think any action is necessary. However, I can't remember the exact instructions I was given and am looking for the release notes to refresh my memory.

How can I find the release notes of the last packages I upgrade?

I have searched in these locations:

  • /var/log/dpkg.log
  • /var/log/apt/history.log
  • /var/log/apt/term.log

But these files don't seem to contain what I'm looking for.


The log files you list will give you the names of the packages you upgraded. To find the changelogs, look at


and possibly


for each upgraded package ${package}. The latter is what would be shown by default during upgrades.

You'll also find “upstream” changelogs and release notes, if any, in /usr/share/doc/${package}/changelog.gz and /usr/share/doc/${package}/NEWS.gz.

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