How to Compare Two Releases

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To compare two releases, start with determining the Source Release and the Target Release, and make sure these releases have been exported.

To compare two releases:

1. From the Repository Manager menu, select Define, Release Comparisons.

The Release Comparisons window opens.


You can also open this window from the Configure tab of the catalog, by double-clicking Release Comparisons.

2. Enter a Name for the release comparison.


The name of a release comparison cannot contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? " < >

3. Use the lookup buttons to select the Source and the Target release.

The Target Basket is set automatically. This target basket is used to compare the two releases.

4. Optionally, set or change some more comparison settings:
· From the Change Type dropdown list, select whether All changes are reported (default), or Inserts, Deletes, or Updates only.
· Select the Show OLD Values checkbox to specify that in the case of Updated records, the OLD (source) values are reported in the comparison.
· By default, OLD values are not reported.
· Specify a By User value to report only the changes made by a specific user.


For this purpose, Definer columns with the following names are compared:


· Select the USoft Import XML checkbox to generate an XML document that can be used to change the SOURCE into the TARGET release.
· This document can then be imported in the Definer of a repository that is exactly identical to the Source repository.


Executing these manipulations is at your own risk.


· Select the PDF Differences checkbox to generate a PDF difference report.
5. Save your changes.
6. Click the Compare button to compare the two releases.

Now, the release comparison is made, resulting in information message:

XML Difference Report generated.

And, if you selected the PDF Differences checkbox:

PDF Difference Report generated.

At the top of the Release Comparisons window, current date and time are filled.