tool for getting changes between versions of a package

Scott Moser smoser at
Thu Sep 23 16:07:49 BST 2010

On Thu, 23 Sep 2010, Steven Harms wrote:

> Scott,
> Have you already taken a look at 'debdiff' ?

Well, yes, I was aware of debdiff.
I guess I should have provided more info.  The end goal, would be to take
2 manifests, and produce a changelog of A => B.

I was hoping that I could do so without downloading debs, it seems like
all I need is the (full) changelogs.
I was hoping I could dig it out of launchpad somehow.

So, say:
- adduser 3.112ubuntu1
+ adduser 3.112ubuntu2
- apparmor-utils 2.5-0ubuntu3
+ apparmor-utils 2.5-0ubuntu5

- for each binary package, i have to get the source package
  I figure this is available somewhere on launchpad, but haven't dug
  around exactly.
- for each source package,
  has data on the most recent changelog entry, but would incomplete
  if the differences in the manifest spanned 2 version updates.

  I could pull lp:ubuntu/<src>/<srcpackage>, or alternatively yank it from
the web view:<release>/<src-package>/<repo>/annotate/head%3A/debian/changelog

- one way or another, if I could grab the complete changelog entry, I can
  locally parse out the differences, although i'm guessing that there is
  some tool that can take a debian/changelog and dump the changes from
  version-1 to version-2

In short, the big thing I forgot to mention was that I didn't want to
download debs for every package that changed.

> On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 9:31 AM, Scott Moser <smoser at> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >   I've got a need to generate a list of changes from manifest 'A' to
> > manifest 'B'.  I know the release for the manifest, and that it contains
> > only packages in main, -updates, -security, and universe.  The manifests looks like:
> >   adduser 3.112ubuntu1
> >   apparmor 2.5-0ubuntu3
> >   apparmor-utils 2.5-0ubuntu3
> >   apport 1.13.3-0ubuntu2
> >   apport-symptoms 0.9
> >   apt
> >
> >   I'm hoping to go through each entry in 'A', and if it is changed in 'B'
> > to get the changes that were done between those two versions.  Ideally I
> > can get bug numbers where they appear in the changelog also.
> >
> >   It seems like something that might have already been done, but I'm not
> > aware of it.  Anyone have something like this ? Or, failing that,
> > suggestions on "best way to do it"?

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