Phil Hord <> writes:

> Someone at $work asked me this week how to find the current and
> previous tags on his branch so he could generate release notes.  I
> just need "last two tags on head in topo-order". I was surprised by
> how complicated this turned out to be. I ended up with this:
>   git log --decorate=full --pretty=format:'%d' HEAD |
>     sed -n -e 's-^.* refs/tags/\(.*\)[ )].*$-\1-p' |
>     head -2
> Surely there's a cleaner way, right?

That looks clean enough (I would have used "head -n 2" though) and
in line with the way how you can exercise the flexibility of the
system, at least to me ;-).

Joking aside, I agree that a "--merged X" primitive, i.e. "what refs
can be reachable from commit X?", in the listing mode of "git tag"
or "git for-each-ref" would have helped.  As the sorting and
formatting primitives are already there in for-each-ref, it would
have been

        git for-each-ref \
            --format='%(refname:short)' \
            --sort='-*committerdate' \
            --count=2 \
            --merged my-branch \

or something like that.
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