tool for getting changes between versions of a package

Kate Stewart kate.stewart at
Fri Sep 24 07:34:07 BST 2010

On Thu, 2010-09-23 at 09:31 -0400, Scott Moser 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"?

Heya Scott,
   Have you seen the report that Bryce put together for X-org?

Is it similar to what you're looking for?   Have you come across the
arsenal project yet?  see:

At any rate,  I'm very interested this area,  as is Jamie Bennett.  Let
us know if you want to get together for some brainstorming.


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