From 34fdcb56e5784699ffa327ebfcd2c5cd99b61d2d 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 |    7 ++++++-
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-tag.txt b/Documentation/git-tag.txt
index 22894cb..5c6284e 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-tag.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-tag.txt
@@ -26,7 +26,7 @@ to delete, list or verify tags.
 Unless `-f` is given, the named tag must not yet exist.

 If one of `-a`, `-s`, or `-u <key-id>` is passed, the command
-creates a 'tag' object, and requires a tag message.  Unless
+creates a 'tag' object called 'Annotated tag', and requires a tag message. Unless `-m <msg>` or `-F <file>` is given, an editor is started for the user to type
 in the tag message.

@@ -36,6 +36,11 @@ 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 for private or temporary object labels. Most git commands only consider
+Annotated tags by default.
 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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