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don’t get lost in the sea of tags

by Rob Friesel

Ever feeling lost in a sea of not-exactly-ordered tags when you enter git tag at the command prompt? It seems that a common tagging idiom in a lot of git repos is to tag important milestones or releases. Some repos use <major>.<minor>, others <major>.<minor>.<version>, still others <major>.<minor>.<version>.<patch> (and so on?). And as those repos get along, so do their version numbers. And before long, they don’t all fit on the screen; and if the updates are frequent enough, you might find that you missed that latest tag because 1.0.1.21 was “off the screen” and what you thought was the latest (1.0.1.9) was already long out-of-date. But a little Ruby magic can make this all better:

And then (after optionally adjusting the Ruby script as meets your needs) add the following alias to your .gitconfig:

…and you should be good to go. No more mysteries. (It even gracefully handles tag suffixes like -beta.)

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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