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semantic version tag support for components git repositories

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git release tag

semantic versioning support for components in git repositories.

With the advent of continuous integration and continuous delivery, every commit to the source code repository delivers a new version of the software. The git source code repository system uses a 40 character long revision number, which very accurately point at a specific version of the source code. However, these revision number are hard to read for humans. This tool allows you to combine the best of both worlds: human readable version numbers while still being able to uniquely identify a specific commit of the source code.

How do I use this?

First you initialize the release configuration as follows:

git-release-tag initialize --initial-release 1.0.0 --tag-prefix v .
>>INFO: commit changes to .release in .
>>INFO: release 1.0.0 of . tagged by v1.0.0

This will add a file called .release to the repository. It contains both the release and tag of the component and place the tag.

Now you can show the current version of the source code:

git-release-tag show 
>> 1.0.0

If you have outstanding changes in your workspace, the version is appended with the first 8 digits of the git revision number and dirty:

git-release-tag show
>> 1.0.0-81aca04e-dirty

If you commit changes to the repository, the version just shows the commit indicating a new version of the component

git-release-tag show
>> 1.0.0-63a8d99

bumping the version

If you want to release the latest commit as a new version, type:

git-release-tag bump  --level patch 
>> INFO: commit changes to .release in .
>> INFO: release 1.0.1 of . tagged by v1.0.1

If there are no changes since the last version. bump with not change anything:

git-release-tag bump  --level patch  
>>INFO: . has no changes since 1.1.1.

multiple components in a single repository

If you have multiple components in a single repository, initialize the repository as follows:

git-release-tag initialize --initial-release 1.0.0 ui backend .
>> INFO: commit changes to .release in ui
>> INFO: release 1.0.0 of ui tagged by ui-1.0.0
>> INFO: commit changes to .release in backend
>> INFO: release 1.0.0 of backend tagged by backend-1.0.0
>> INFO: commit changes to .release in .
>> INFO: release 1.0.0 of . tagged by api-1.0.0

When you want to release a new version of the component, type:

git-release-tag bump --recursive --level patch . 
>> INFO: commit changes to .release in ./ui
>> INFO: release 1.0.1 of ./ui tagged by ui-1.0.1
>> INFO: ./backend has no changes since 1.0.0.
>> INFO: commit changes to .release in .
>> INFO: release 1.0.1 of . tagged by api-1.0.1

As you can see, the ui now has version 1.0.1, the backend version is unchanged and the application has bumped to 1.0.1 too, because of the changes to the ui.

validating your configuration

As tags are not part of the commit, it sometimes happens that somebody forgets to push the tags along with the commits. To validate the integrity of your release configuration, type:

git-release-tag validate --recursive .
>> INFO: ok

It reports an error if the configuration:

  • references tags which are not in the repository.
  • use the same tag for different components.

including the current version in your application

To include the version of the release in the source code you can add a pre-tag-command to your configuration. This is a command that is executed before the changes are committed.

git-release-tag initialize \
    --initial-release 1.0.0 \
    --tag-prefix v \
    --pre-tag-command 'sed -i "" -e "s/version=.*/version=\"@@RELEASE@@\",/g" setup.py' \
    .
>> INFO: commit changes to .release, setup.py in .
>> INFO: release 1.0.0 of . tagged by v1.0.0

The content of setup.py now reflects the released version and is included in the commit:

grep version= setup.py
>> version="1.0.0",

installing the utility

To install the utility, type:

pip install git-release-tag

inspired by native git describe

If you use a single git repository for each deliverable that you produce in the build process, you may use git-describe instead. How does it work? Well you create a tag on a particular commit, and then type:

git tag 1.0.0
git describe --tags --dirty
>> 1.0.0

If you add something to the repository, it will append the number of commits since the tag and first 8 digits of the revision number:

git describe --tags --dirty
>> 1.0.0-1-g6123dd2

If you have uncommited changes in the staging area, it will append dirty to it:

git describe --tags --dirty
>> 1.0.0-1-g6123dd2-dirty

If you commit your changes and place a new tag it show a clean tag again. git-describe does not work for the situation where you have multiple artifacts in a single repository.

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