From d0f4eca712e7cf74286bfab306763a8a571b6c95 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Daniele Segato <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:33:18 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] git-tag man: when to use lightweight or annotated tags

stress the difference between the two with suggestion on when the user
should use one in place of the other.

Signed-off-by: Daniele Segato <>
 Documentation/git-tag.txt |    4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-tag.txt b/Documentation/git-tag.txt
index 22894cb..48f5504 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-tag.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-tag.txt
@@ -36,6 +36,10 @@ are absent, `-a` is implied.
Otherwise just a tag reference for the SHA-1 object name of the commit object is
 created (i.e. a lightweight tag).

+Annotated and Lightweight tags are not the same thing for git and you shouldn't +mix them up. Annotated tags are meant for release while lightweight tags are
+meant to tag random commits.
 A GnuPG signed tag object will be created when `-s` or `-u
 <key-id>` is used.  When `-u <key-id>` is not used, the
 committer identity for the current user is used to find the

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