Article proposal: Using dnf updateinfo to read update changelog

A while ago I believed that the only way to see the changelog for a specific package update (at least the convenient way) was via a graphic tool such GNOME Software or dnfdragora.

After a while searching I found out about dnf updateinfo. So, I wanted to write an article presenting dnf updateinfo as an option for users who want to read those changelogs easily via the terminal as it’s possible that some users aren’t aware of this command’s existence.

So, the article would:

  • mention how the changelog effectively comes from the rpm spec, with a specific part of the spec responsible for that
  • present the three commands: dnf updateinfo, dnf updateinfo list and dnf updateinfo info, explaining what each one does
  • demonstrate the commands output with a fresh toolbox container of Fedora 34

Please let me know if there’s any feedback!

This would be an excellent topic!


I think one of the main hurdles for people who are familiar with other distros is the different commands that are used for package management. We’ve had articles along these lines in the past:

I think an occasional “refresher” post on the topic is good though since this is something so fundamental to using Fedora Linux.

+1 @mateusrodcosta I’ve created Taiga card #340 for you to track your progress on your article.

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