On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 11:09 AM, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
> On Tue, Mar 13 2018, Michal Novotny jotted:
>> On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 10:07 AM, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
>> <ava...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Mar 13 2018, Michal Novotny jotted:
>>>> currently, if I try to create a tag that has tilde "~" in name, an
>>>> error is raised. E.g.
>>>> $ git tag rpkg-util-1.4~rc1
>>>> fatal: 'rpkg-util-1.4~rc1' is not a valid tag name.
>>>> Now, actually it would be very cool if tilde was allowed in a tag name
>>>> because we would like to use it for tagging pre-releases of (not-only
>>>> rpm) packages.
>>>> Is there some deep technical reason why tilde cannot be present in a
>>>> tag name? I tried that e.g.
>>> Yes, because a trailing tilde is part of git's rev syntax, see "man
>>> git-rev-parse", or try in any repo:
>>> git show HEAD
>>> git show HEAD~2
>>> git show HEAD^~2
>> Right, reading the man pages:
>> <rev>~<n>, e.g. master~3
>> A suffix ~<n> to a revision parameter means the commit
>> object that is the <n>th generation ancestor of the named commit
>> object, following only the first
>> parents. I.e. <rev>~3 is equivalent to <rev>^^^ which is
>> equivalent to <rev>^1^1^1. See below for an illustration of the usage
>> of this form.
>> Would it be acceptable to disallow only ~<n> (<n> as [0-9]+) in a tag
>> name but allow ~[^0-9].*, i.e. if the immediately following symbol
>> after '~' is a letter, do not
>> interpret ~ as a special character. Could it work?
> We could make that work, with some caveats:
> 1) The syntax we've reserved for refnames is quite small, and my bias
> at least would be to say you should just make a tag like
> rpkg-util-1.4-rc1 instead (as e.g. git.git and linux.git do).
There is kind of clash of symbolics with rpm world. In rpm world, the component
after the last dash in a package full (versioned) name is usually
reserved for a downstream
packager who increments it as he/she adds patches to the original
sources. I will
need to do slightly more research here of what is possible.
Thank you so far!
> Carving out an exception like this also means we couldn't use
> ~[^0-9].* for anything magical in the future.
> But I think that's a rather small objection, we have other syntax
> escape hatches, and we're unlikely to use ~[^0-9].* as some new
> 2) If we patch git to accept this, you'll be creating refs that aren't
> inter-operable with previous versions of git.
> This is a big deal. E.g. you'll happily create this special ref,
> then try to push it to github, and they'll croak because that's an
> invalid ref to them. Ditto some co-worker of yours who's using an
> older version of git.
> FWIW if you manually create such a tag e.g. for-each-ref will emit
> 'warning: ignoring ref with broken name' and just not show it.
>>> Although I guess git could learn to disambiguate that form from the tag
>>> you're trying to create.
>>>> git tag rpkg-util-1.4%rc1
>>>> but percentage sign does not seem to be particular fitting for
>>>> pre-release marking.
>>>> Thank you