how can I tell which patches I have applied?

H.S. hs.samix at
Mon Apr 6 17:13:37 UTC 2009

Brian McKee wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 12:21 PM, H.S. <hs.samix at> wrote:
>> Glenn Holmer wrote:
>>> Subject says all, is there a list on my machine somewhere or a GUI tool
>>> that can show what I've applied?  I'm on 8.04 with GNOME.
>> This looks like a way to see what security updates have been applied to
>> a system as it is done in Windows systems. AFAIK, this is not how it
>> works in Linux.
>> In Linux one checks what version of a package is installed (you can use
>> synaptic package manager for that, or dpkg). Your distro usually has
>> information about what changes were made in the installed version of a
>> package. For example, for a package foo, ver 3.0, you need to go to
>> Ubuntu's website, check their page for foo and see what was the
>> changelog for version 3.0. You can also checks for some relevant
>> information in /usr/share/doc/foo directory on your system. On a related
>> note, you might be interested in apt-listchanges package.
> I agree with the above and would also suggest you also may find the
> contents of /var/log/dpkg.log* useful to see what's been done on any
> given machine.
> If it's a specific package you are looking for, rather than visit the
> website you can use e.g. aptitude changelog firefox to see the

Yup, that is definitely a useful command of aptitude. Thanks for
pointing this out.



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