My biggest out-of-the-box Git complaint is that it uses SHA1 hashes to identify each commit. Technically this makes a lot of sense, but from a human readability standpoint it sucks. And by looking at two commit hashes, you don’t know how many commits were in between them.
So, here’s the methodology I use to keep track of commit numbers and get a little bit of version numbering out of the deal.
- Initialize your Git repository using
- Put a file (or your project or whatever) in there and do your first commit
git add * git commit -m "First Commit"
- Tag it using
git tag -a -m "Version 0.1" vo.1 HEAD
- Check your commit count using
A sample output from a project I’m working on (tagged to v0.8 when the repository was created):
The 128 is the commit count, so I would refer to this as version 0.8.128 when referencing it verbally/via email.