[OSM-talk] Investigating Changesets. (repost from help)

Gary68 gary at gary68.de
Tue Aug 16 06:17:08 BST 2011

osmdiff is a fairly old program. there is a better program called
useractivity.pl. see wiki. however, it also needs the XML/osm files.

i use it to monitor certain areas regularly and i provide these checks
on my server.


On Tue, 2011-08-16 at 02:11 +0200, Erik Johansson wrote:
> Does anyone have any scripts, manual methods or just tips that will
> help in investigating a changeset? I find it very hard to understand
> what it happening in a changset, it's easy to get an suspicion that
> something is amiss but it's very hard to dig deeper.
> The only two things I've find was:
>    * OSM history/changeset Vizualizer which give was to little information
>    * osmdiff which needs .osm files before and after the changeset
> Take this changeset on OSM main site and on OSM History Vizualizer,
> it's very hard to figure out exactly what happend. (I'm not pointing
> fingers at the creator of the changeset, I just haven't been bothered
> to find a changeset where I have recreated and removed lots of stuff.)
> So to restate some questions.
>   1. what do you look for when you look at a changeset?
>   2. is there a way to create the before.osm and after.osm files
> given a changeset ID. (to make osmdiff happy)
>   3. is there a similar changeset viewer like the one on the main
> site, that doesn't make you click "next page" all the time.?
> http://help.openstreetmap.org/questions/7077/investigating-changesets

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