My question is similar to this question:

Where to find the Linux changelog of minor versions

But I would like to search all changelogs from 4.18.0 to 4.20.16 for any reference to a specific word, such as sama5d3, mmc0, or other term.

I can search the individual changelogs but didn't see a way to search a set at the same time?

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If you want to search across multiple changelogs, I would recommend using the git repository. For stable releases, clone the stable tree:

git clone https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux.git linux-stable

This will take a little while, it involves downloading 2 GiB of data. If you don’t need all the history you could use a shallow clone instead:

git clone --shallow-since=v4.18 --no-single-branch https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux.git linux-stable

(You need --no-single-branch if you want to compare different major releases since each stream of stable releases is its own branch starting from a major release.)

Then in linux-stable, you can use git log to view logs, filtering with the various options, e.g.

git log --grep=sama5d3 v4.18..v4.20.16

grep easily searches multiple files. If a match is found, by default, the file name of each match is printed together with the matched token. Hence, fetch the logs of interest, for example:

wget https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/ChangeLog-4.20.7
wget https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/ChangeLog-4.20.8

grep mmc0 ChangeLog-4.20*
  • That is a lot of wget steps, but I could set up a script to automate the boundaries of the particular search of interest...
    – cajjed
    Mar 14, 2019 at 20:56
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    rsync -zarv --include="*/" --include="ChangeLog*" --exclude="*" -m 'rsync://rsync.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/' . worked for me for downloading all changelog files.
    – rvs
    Jun 27, 2020 at 17:25

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