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Retrieve changes that closed a Debian bug

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If a Debian bug number is referenced in the changelog of an uploaded package, it is automatically closed with a generic message:

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of [package], which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

Random example.

This message also contains the new changelog entries, which helps having an idea of what was fixed, but is not as insightful as seeing the whole changes under debian/, especially if a patch was created or updated.

Is there a convenient way to get the full changes that caused a given bug to be closed?

The only solution I could think of is going to https://snapshot.debian.org/package/poppler (using poppler as a package example), picking the corresponding two versions' debian.tar.xz files, unpacking them and comparing the directories, which looks quite cumbersome.

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That depends on your definition of convenient. Are you familiar with git? Is the source of the relevant package stored on salsa.debian.org? If yes, then you can just run:

git clone https://salsa.debian.org/debian/poppler-data
cd poppler-data
git diff debian/0.4.9-1 debian/0.4.9-2

Where these are the versions to compare for this example package.

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Yes, I am familiar with Git, and though unfortunately not all of the packages are maintained in versi... (1 comment)

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