pkgtreediff: RPM package tree diff tool

[ gpl, library, program, utility ] [ Propose Tags ]

Tool for comparing RPM packages and versions in OS dist trees or instances.

[Skip to Readme]


Maintainer's Corner

For package maintainers and hackage trustees


Versions [RSS] 0.1, 0.2, 0.2.1, 0.3, 0.4, 0.4.1, 0.5.0
Change log
Dependencies async, base (<5), directory, extra, filepath, Glob, http-client (>=0.5.0), http-client-tls, http-common (<, http-directory (>=0.1.4 && <0.1.6 || >=0.1.8), koji, pkgtreediff, rpm-nvr (>=0.1.1), semigroups, simple-cmd (>=0.1.4), simple-cmd-args, text [details]
License GPL-3.0-only
Copyright 2019-2021 Jens Petersen
Author Jens Petersen
Category Utility
Home page
Bug tracker
Source repo head: git clone
Uploaded by JensPetersen at 2021-11-03T06:17:00Z
Distributions Fedora:0.5.0, LTSHaskell:0.5.0, NixOS:0.5.0, Stackage:0.5.0
Executables pkgtreediff
Downloads 2004 total (22 in the last 30 days)
Rating (no votes yet) [estimated by Bayesian average]
Your Rating
  • λ
  • λ
  • λ
Status Docs available [build log]
Last success reported on 2021-11-03 [all 1 reports]

Readme for pkgtreediff-0.5.0

[back to package description]


Hackage GPL-3 license Stackage Lts Stackage Nightly

pkgtreediff compares the NVRs (name-version-release) of RPM packages in OS package trees and/or installations:

  • An OS tree can be referenced by an url or directory containing a tree of rpm files.
  • A file containing a list(s) of rpm NVRs can also be compared.
  • Commands can also be used to get installed RPMs, eg:
    • "rpm -qa"
    • "ssh myhost rpm -qa"
    • "podman run --rm myimage rpm -qa"
  • A koji tag: koji://tag@KojiHubUrl (or koji://tag@fedora)

Usage examples


Compare the content of two rpm based containers versions, filtering for new added packages:

$ pkgtreediff --new "podman run --rm fedora:34 rpm -qa" "podman run --rm fedora:35 rpm -qa"

Package trees

Package source changes between Fedora 33 and 34 Server at GA (ignoring release bumps):

$ pkgtreediff --ignore-release{33,34}/Server/source/tree/Packages/
ModemManager.src: 1.14.2-1.fc33 -> 1.14.10-2.fc34
NetworkManager.src: 1.26.2-2.fc33 -> 1.30.2-1.fc34
PackageKit.src: 1.2.1-1.fc33 -> 1.2.3-1.fc34
abrt.src: 2.14.4-6.fc33 -> 2.14.5-2.fc34
bash.src: 5.0.17-2.fc33 -> 5.1.0-2.fc34
bash-completion.src: 2.8-9.fc33 -> 2.11-2.fc34
- bcache-tools-1.0.8-19.fc33.src
bcm283x-firmware.src: 20201008-2.63b1922.fc33 -> 20210407-1.8c7c524.fc34
bind.src: 9.11.23-1.fc33 -> 9.16.11-5.fc34
binutils.src: 2.35-10.fc33 -> 2.35.1-41.fc34
cockpit.src: 229-1.fc33 -> 241-1.fc34
colord.src: 1.4.4-5.fc33 -> 1.4.5-2.fc34
+ compsize-1.5-1.fc34.src
conmon.src: 2.0.21-3.fc33 -> 2.0.27-1.fc34
container-selinux.src: 2.145.0-1.fc33 -> 2.158.0-1.gite78ac4f.fc34
containernetworking-plugins.src: 0.8.7-1.fc33 -> 0.9.1-4.fc34
+ containers-common-1-13.fc34.src
- copy-jdk-configs-3.7-7.fc33.src
- createrepo_c-0.15.11-4.fc33.src
+ criu-3.15-3.fc34.src
crun.src: 0.15-5.fc33 -> 0.18-5.fc34
vim.src: 8.2.1770-1.fc33 -> 8.2.2637-1.fc34
+ vulkan-loader-
wayland.src: 1.18.0-2.fc33 -> 1.19.0-1.fc34
webkit2gtk3.src: 2.30.1-1.fc33 -> 2.32.0-2.fc34
wget.src: 1.20.3-8.fc33 -> 1.21.1-2.fc34
zchunk.src: 1.1.5-3.fc33 -> 1.1.9-2.fc34
zstd.src: 1.4.5-5.fc33 -> 1.4.9-1.fc34

Updated: 330
Downgraded: 0
Added: 63
Deleted: 98
Arch changed: 0
Total packages: 932 -> 897


Compare the packages on local and another host:

pkgtreediff "rpm -qa" "ssh otherhost rpm -qa"

Any types of sources can be compared, together with the use of flags.


Compare koji tags using the koji://tag@kojihub syntax:

pkgtreediff koji://dist-c8-updates-build@centos koji://dist-c8_1-updates-build@centos

Please avoid using koji tag to compare full releases as it is more efficient to query URL or CMD trees.


pkgtreediff is packaged in Fedora.

Older builds are also available in copr for Fedora, EPEL, and OpenSuSE (more details).

RPM version ordering

pkgtreediff use the rpm-nvr library implementation of the rpmvercmp() algorithm, though it has not been verified to behave identically.

RPM version ordering is somewhat involved For example "1.2.1~rc1" < "1.2.1" (greater for ^).