What is the Git equivalent for revision number?


We use SVN at work, but for my personal projects I decided to use Git. So I installed Git yesterday, and I wonder what is the revision number equivalent in Git.

Let’s say we work on version 3.0.8 and every bug fix has its own revision number we can use when we talk about this bug fix. So if I tag the code in Git to 3.0.8 what then I can use as a revision number or some other more detailed kind of identification? I find the hash not so user friendly for humans.


Good or bad news for you, that hash IS the revision number. I also had trouble with this when I made the switch from SVN to git.

You can use “tagging” in git to tag a certain revision as the “release” for a specific version, making it easy to refer to that revision. Check out this blog post.

The key thing to understand is that git cannot have revision numbers – think about the decentralized nature. If users A and B are both committing to their local repositories, how can git reasonably assign a sequential revision number? A has no knowledge of B before they push/pull each other’s changes.

Another thing to look at is simplified branching for bugfix branches:

Start with a release: 3.0.8. Then, after that release, do this:

git branch bugfixes308

This will create a branch for bugfixes. Checkout the branch:

git checkout bugfixes308

Now make any bugfix changes you want.

git commit -a

Commit them, and switch back to the master branch:

git checkout master

Then pull in those changes from the other branch:

git merge bugfixes308

That way, you have a separate release-specific bugfix branch, but you’re still pulling the bugfix changes into your main dev trunk.

Answered By – makdad

This Answer collected from stackoverflow, is licensed under cc by-sa 2.5 , cc by-sa 3.0 and cc by-sa 4.0

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