On Jul 1, 1:53 pm, Konstantin Khomoutov <khomou...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jul 1, 8:00 pm, Trans <transf...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I tried to push my tags for the first time and an old tag is throwing
> > an error:
> > $ git push --tags
> > To g...@github.com:proutils/vclog.git
> > ! [rejected] 1.4.0 -> 1.4.0 (non-fast forward)
> > error: failed to push some refs to '....@github.com:proutils/
> > vclog.git'
> > But my current tag is 1.7.0. What's going here> 1.4.0 is old. How do I
> > fix this?
> First of all, Git has no such concept as "current tag". A tag is
> simply a file which contains the name of a certain existing commit.
> Tags do not move between commits; they are "sticky" (to the commits
> they point to).
> When you do `git push --tags`, git tries to push all local tags from
> your local repository to the remote repository; any tags which are
> missing on the remote side are created there and any tags which point
> to different commits are meant to be replaced.
> Now, to be honest, I don't quite get what happens in your case: I
> always thought updating of tags cannot be rejected, and the concept of
> "fast-forward" does only apply to merges and pushing of branches. So,
> to me, this error message appears to be nonsensical.
> But I have one idea for you to explore: github may have certain hooks
> set up which prevent replacement of tags. That is, tags may be kind of
> read-only. I'm not sure if it at all possible but this would explain
> your problem. You can do several things to cope with this:
> a) Fetching from remote overwrites local tags unless you tell `git
> fetch` not to. Hence you can try to do `git fetch` and then retry your
> b) You can try to do `git push --tags --force` and see if this will
> forcibly overwrite remote tags.
> c) You can try to delete the remote tag using `git push origin :
> 1.4.0` followed by `git push --tags`.
> What to do depends on what repo you think is correct.
Thanks. Option b did the trick. And it reminded me as to what I think
I noticed that the tag message for 1.4.0 was wrong some weeks ago, I
wasn't sure how to correct it, so I asked and a suggestion was made to
just delete the tag and retag it. So that's what I did. Even though
I'm pretty sure it's the same ref point, apparently it made a
Thanks again for the help.
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