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Simple module to install and manage apt-listchanges


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Version information

  • 1.0.0 (latest)
released Feb 20th 2018
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2017.2.x, 2017.1.x, 2016.5.x, 2016.4.x
  • Puppet 4.X

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  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'baldurmen-apt_listchanges', '1.0.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add baldurmen-apt_listchanges
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install baldurmen-apt_listchanges --version 1.0.0

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baldurmen/apt_listchanges — version 1.0.0 Feb 20th 2018



This is a simple module to install and configure apt-listchanges for you.


The simplest way to use this module is this way:

include apt_listchanges

A more advanced example might look like:

class {'apt_listchanges':
  ensure   => present,
  confirm  => false,
  frontend => 'mail',
  email    => '',
  saveseen => `/var/lib/apt/listchanges.db`,
  which    => 'both';


The following parameters are available in the apt_listchanges class:



Data type: Enum.

This parameter can take two different values:

  • present
  • absent

If set to present, this module will install apt-listchanges and configure it. If set from present to absent, apt-listchanges and its configuration will be removed.

Default value: present.



Data type: Enum.

The type of frontend you want apt-listchanges to use. This parameter can take one of these values:

  • pager
  • browser
  • xterm-pager
  • xterm-browser
  • text
  • mail
  • gtk
  • none

Default value: mail.



Data type: String.

If you use the mail frontend, this parameters tells apt-listchanges what email to use.

Default value: root.



Data type: Boolean.

Once changelogs have been displayed, ask the user whether or not to proceed.

Default value: false.



Data type: String.

Path to the file where the apt-listchanges database of seen packages is stored.

Default value: /var/lib/apt/listchanges.db.



Data type: Enum.

This parameter takes three different values:

  • news
  • changelogs
  • both

This option selects whether news, changelogs or both should be displayed.

Default valuue: both.


This module was developed for Debian Stretch and Puppet 4. Compatibility on other OS or Puppet versions is not guaranteed.