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authorSZEDER Gábor <>2015-08-24 16:15:18 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2015-08-25 16:35:13 (GMT)
commit2bd07065c3ed8a1bd2dc6f5d8e914dfec31e3dca (patch)
parent282616c72d1d08a77ca4fe1186cb708c38408d87 (diff)
describe --contains: default to HEAD when no commit-ish is given
'git describe --contains' doesn't default to HEAD when no commit is given, and it doesn't produce any output, not even an error: ~/src/git ((v2.5.0))$ ./git describe --contains ~/src/git ((v2.5.0))$ ./git describe --contains HEAD v2.5.0^0 Unlike other 'git describe' options, the '--contains' code path is implemented by calling 'name-rev' with a bunch of options plus all the commit-ishes that were passed to 'git describe'. If no commit-ish was present, then 'name-rev' got invoked with none, which then leads to the behavior illustrated above. Porcelain commands usually default to HEAD when no commit-ish is given, and 'git describe' already does so in all other cases, so it should do so with '--contains' as well. Pass HEAD to 'name-rev' when no commit-ish is given on the command line to make '--contains' behave consistently with other 'git describe' options. While at it, use argv_array_pushv() instead of the loop to pass commit-ishes to 'git name-rev'. 'git describe's short help already indicates that the commit-ish is optional, but the synopsis in the man page doesn't, so update it accordingly as well. Signed-off-by: SZEDER Gábor <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
3 files changed, 14 insertions, 6 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/git-describe.txt b/Documentation/git-describe.txt
index d20ca40..363e501 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-describe.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-describe.txt
@@ -9,7 +9,7 @@ git-describe - Show the most recent tag that is reachable from a commit
-'git describe' [--all] [--tags] [--contains] [--abbrev=<n>] <commit-ish>...
+'git describe' [--all] [--tags] [--contains] [--abbrev=<n>] [<commit-ish>...]
'git describe' [--all] [--tags] [--contains] [--abbrev=<n>] --dirty[=<mark>]
@@ -27,7 +27,7 @@ see the -a and -s options to linkgit:git-tag[1].
- Commit-ish object names to describe.
+ Commit-ish object names to describe. Defaults to HEAD if omitted.
Describe the working tree.
diff --git a/builtin/describe.c b/builtin/describe.c
index 24d740c..d06673a 100644
--- a/builtin/describe.c
+++ b/builtin/describe.c
@@ -451,10 +451,10 @@ int cmd_describe(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
if (pattern)
argv_array_pushf(&args, "--refs=refs/tags/%s", pattern);
- while (*argv) {
- argv_array_push(&args, *argv);
- argv++;
- }
+ if (argc)
+ argv_array_pushv(&args, argv);
+ else
+ argv_array_push(&args, "HEAD");
return cmd_name_rev(args.argc, args.argv, prefix);
diff --git a/t/ b/t/
index c0e5b2a..85f2694 100755
--- a/t/
+++ b/t/
@@ -113,6 +113,14 @@ check_describe A-3-* --long HEAD^^2
check_describe c-7-* --tags
check_describe e-3-* --first-parent --tags
+test_expect_success 'describe --contains defaults to HEAD without commit-ish' '
+ echo "A^0" >expect &&
+ git checkout A &&
+ test_when_finished "git checkout -" &&
+ git describe --contains >actual &&
+ test_cmp expect actual
: >err.expect
check_describe A --all A^0
test_expect_success 'no warning was displayed for A' '