> Yeah, but in that case it appears to me that you told the command to
> rewrite the tag itself and the history behind the commit the tag
> refers to, but the end result did not rewrite the tag itself and
> left the tag pointing at the original history.
The problem exhibits at the point git filter-branch updates the references.
I indeed asked to rewrite tagged commits by passing --tag-name-filter cat

> The "$rewritten" variable being empty in this codepath tells me that
> the command decided that it *does* want to delete the tag, but as
> J6t mentioned in his review, it is unclear to me what is expected by
> the user.
The history behind the commit the tag refers to is empty after
filtering has been applied.
As a user, I expected the tag to be removed: it's not illogical, all
tags that pointed to history that has been entirely filtered out
should go away imho.
--tag-name-filter doesn't allow to deleted tags as J6t mentioned and
I'm not surre what the new contract would be: empty tag name to delete
a tag so if $(map $sha1) yields '' I can decided to delete the tag?

If the tag wasn't an annotated one, I guess it would have been
successfully deleted which exhibits a different behavior between
annotated and lightweight tags.

> If the command and the filters you gave the command decided the tag
> should be removed, then not being able to delete it is a problem and
> the code you patched that compares the object name of the tag and
> the object name of the commit the tag refers to is certainly doing a
> wrong comparison.
That's what I believe.
The index and commit filters are made to keep only a couple of
directories and get rid of the rest.
Those directories didn't exist early in the history. Commits in that
early part of the history were tagged with annotated tags.

> But I have this suspicion that you did not want to remove the tag in
> the first place.
The tag pointed to something the filters decided to throw out. Since I
want tags to be updated, it doesn't make much sense to keep it and I'm
expecting its deletion.

It appears to me that the suggested fix doing test $(git cat-file -t
"$ref") = 'tag' && sha1=$(git rev-parse "$ref") so that $sha1 is
obtained again from the tag ref but without dereferencing recursively
should only apply if --tag-name-filter has been provided. What do you

> The application of "map" shell function to obtain
> $rewritten is done on the unwrapped object name by passing "$ref^0"
> to rev-parse, but perhaps that "^0" is the real source of the
> problem instead, so that it checks what new object the original
> annotated tag was rewritten to?  If the tag object was rewritten,
> either to empty to signal its removal or to a new object name, then
> we do want to update-ref it, but the decision should be made on its
> object name, not the object name of the commit it points at?
Are you suggesting $sha1 should be obtained differently before
entering case "$rewritten" ?
That would mean changing sha1=$(git rev-parse "$ref"^0) at line 376 to
something like $(git cat-file -t "$ref") = 'tag' && sha1=$(git
rev-parse "$ref") || sha1=$(git rev-parse "$ref^0") ?


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