Make it clearer that tags are fetched independent of which branches
were fetched from the remote in any particular fetch.  (Tags are even
fetched if they point at objects that are in the current repository
but not reachable, which is probably a bug.)

Put less emphasis on the mechanism and more on the effect of tag
auto-following.  Also mention the options and configuration settings
that can change the tag-fetching behavior.

Signed-off-by: Michael Haggerty <>

The "probable bug" mentioned above has been reported to the mailing
list [1] but is not addressed in the current patch series.


 Documentation/git-fetch.txt | 14 +++++++-------
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/git-fetch.txt b/Documentation/git-fetch.txt
index e08a028..1065713 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-fetch.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-fetch.txt
@@ -24,13 +24,13 @@ The ref names and their object names of fetched refs are 
 in `.git/FETCH_HEAD`.  This information is left for a later merge
 operation done by 'git merge'.
-When <refspec> stores the fetched result in remote-tracking branches,
-the tags that point at these branches are automatically
-followed.  This is done by first fetching from the remote using
-the given <refspec>s, and if the repository has objects that are
-pointed by remote tags that it does not yet have, then fetch
-those missing tags.  If the other end has tags that point at
-branches you are not interested in, you will not get them.
+By default, tags are auto-followed.  This means that when fetching
+from a remote, any tags on the remote that point to objects that exist
+in the local repository are fetched.  The effect is to fetch tags that
+point at branches that you are interested in.  This default behavior
+can be changed by using the --tags or --no-tags options, by
+configuring remote.<name>.tagopt, or by using a refspec that fetches
+tags explicitly.
 'git fetch' can fetch from either a single named repository,
 or from several repositories at once if <group> is given and

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