comparing Debian repositories


If you got two Debian repositories, it's quite easy to check the differences in package versions between them:

import os
import gzip
import apt_pkg

repo1 = "~/.repo_custom/dists/cache/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz"
repo1 = os.path.expanduser(repo1)
repo1 = apt_pkg.TagFile(, "rb"))
repo1 = dict([(pkg["Package"], pkg["Version"]) for pkg in repo1])

repo2 = "~/.repo_bin/dists/squeeze/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz"
repo2 = os.path.expanduser(repo2)
repo2 = apt_pkg.TagFile(, "rb"))
repo2 = dict([(pkg["Package"], pkg["Version"]) for pkg in repo2])

for pkg in repo1:
    if pkg in repo2:
        vc = apt_pkg.version_compare(repo1[pkg], repo2[pkg])
        if vc > 0:
            print("{0}t{1}t({2})".format(repo1[pkg], repo2[pkg], pkg))

The line import apt_pkg implies that python3-apt is installed.

Here's a snippet of what the output will look like:

2.32.1-2    2.28.1-6    (gconf-defaults-service)
0.23.0-1    0.21.1-1    (pylint)
2.91.5-2    2.30.2-2    (libgnomekbd-common)
0.21.2-1    0.16.4-1    (libpixman-1-dev)
2.91.7-1    2.30.1-2    (nautilus)
0.9.22-1    0.9.21-3    (pulseaudio-utils)

Here, we get a display of package versions where the repo1 (custom repo in this case) is greater than repo2 version. To do it the other way around, use the < character in the comparison line, if vc > 0.

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