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authorLinus Torvalds <>2005-12-24 21:50:45 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2005-12-28 01:57:27 (GMT)
commit908e5310b958619559d34b0b6da122f058faa47e (patch)
treec58ba0389bdffaf00e7b41a647b1141708388aec /Makefile
parent36de72aa9dc3b7daf8cf2770c840f39bb0d2ae70 (diff)
Add a "git-describe" command
It shows you the most recent tag that is reachable from a particular commit is. Maybe this is something that "git-name-rev" should be taught to do, instead of having a separate command for it. Regardless, I find it useful. What it does is to take any random commit, and "name" it by looking up the most recent commit that is tagged and reachable from that commit. If the match is exact, it will just print out that ref-name directly. Otherwise it will print out the ref-name, followed by the 8-character "short SHA". IOW, with something like Junios current tree, I get: [torvalds@g5 git]$ git-describe parent refs/tags/v1.0.4-g2414721b ie the current head of my "parent" branch (ie Junio) is based on v1.0.4, but since it has a few commits on top of that, it has added the git hash of the thing to the end: "-g" + 8-char shorthand for the commit 2414721b194453f058079d897d13c4e377f92dc6. Doing a "git-describe" on a tag-name will just show the full tag path: [torvalds@g5 git]$ git-describe v1.0.4 refs/tags/v1.0.4 unless there are _other_ tags pointing to that commit, in which case it will just choose one at random. This is useful for two things: - automatic version naming in Makefiles, for example. We could use it in git itself: when doing "git --version", we could use this to give a much more useful description of exactly what version was installed. - for any random commit (say, you use "gitk <pathname>" or "git-whatchanged" to look at what has changed in some file), you can figure out what the last version of the repo was. Ie, say I find a bug in commit 39ca371c45b04cd50d0974030ae051906fc516b6, I just do: [torvalds@g5 linux]$ git-describe 39ca371c45b04cd50d0974030ae051906fc516b6 refs/tags/v2.6.14-rc4-g39ca371c and I now know that it was _not_ in v2.6.14-rc4, but was presumably in v2.6.14-rc5. The latter is useful when you want to see what "version timeframe" a commit happened in. Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'Makefile')
1 files changed, 2 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 3395a9e..47e7898 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -135,7 +135,8 @@ PROGRAMS = \
git-unpack-objects$X git-update-index$X git-update-server-info$X \
git-upload-pack$X git-verify-pack$X git-write-tree$X \
git-update-ref$X git-symbolic-ref$X git-check-ref-format$X \
- git-name-rev$X git-pack-redundant$X git-repo-config$X git-var$X
+ git-name-rev$X git-pack-redundant$X git-repo-config$X git-var$X \
+ git-describe$X
# what 'all' will build and 'install' will install.