Tag a release
Once one is happy with the code and the build, a given commit can be tagged with a proper release tag::
$ git checkout release
# Code changes, fixes, build, tests, etc.
$ git commit -m”Release candidate complete”
# To view the latest commit hash:
$ git log
Author: Marco Massenzio
Date: Tue Aug 28 22:49:04 2012 -0700
Release candidate complete
# Tag it with the appropriate release number
git tag -m”Rel. 0.6 RC3″ rel_0.6rc3 2e4a6e1a
# Push the commits to origin:
$ git push origin release
# The tag will be kept local to the repository, must be pushed too:
$ git push origin rel_0.6rc3:refs/tags/rel_0.6rc3
When others pull from the remote origin repo, the tag will be pulled too.
A nice feature of github is that it records the tags separately, and clicking on any of them will
cause a download of a ‘clean’ working directory into a ZIP file or tarball, reflecting the state of
the project at the exact point when the tagged commit was pushed.