[Bioc-devel] How to check package changes?

Sean Davis sdavis2 at mail.nih.gov
Tue Apr 3 23:24:54 CEST 2007

Marcus Davy wrote:
> Hi,
> I am putting this on the development list as I think it is most appropriate
> for discussion here.
> This is a general question: Is there any way to quickly find out how a
> package has evolved though version development? -Some sort of change log
> additional to the versioning information available. For example, as the R
> software evolves we can see changes in the base packages at
> http://cran.r-project.org/src/base/NEWS
Have you seen this link:


> The motivation for this is to quickly see what changes have occurred between
> stable and development package releases.
> Trolling through some R/bioC base and contributed packages installed on my
> system I cannot see anything obvious. I guess this depends on the package
> author, for example in the limma package an output from a written log file
> is available using changeLog().
> Maybe subversion is the best way of getting this sort of information from
> packages although less people are familiar with svn.
svn is where the real action is, yes.  There are a number of svn GUI's 
available that can help guide one through the process of looking at the 
history associated with a project. 


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