[Bioc-devel] How to check package changes?

Colin A. Smith colin at colinsmith.org
Tue Apr 3 23:30:57 CEST 2007

I use personally think Trac is a great way to monitor changes to  
packages in an svn repository:


In addition to having a very nice looking interface, it makes it easy  
to monitor change logs on a directory by directory basis. For example:


(Please pardon the ads, they would not be there if we installed it  

I use Trac all the time on another project and I'd love to see it set  
up for Bioconductor. I really miss the web based interface that went  
away with CVS.

For xcms, I keep a separate change log that's more intended for user  



On Apr 3, 2007, at 14:00 , 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
> 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.
> Marcus

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