On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 06:18:51PM +0100, Eike Rathke wrote:
> Building mutt from master, mutt -h (or -v) display the version as
> currently
> Mutt 1.9.4+96 (f6232a25) (2018-03-03)
> That's somewhat unexpected and apparently in version.sh the distance
> from latesttag isn't quite what was thought it would be..
> Nothing important, just to mention.

Git's algorithm for computing the distance between the tag and tip is
different than hg.  It's showing the number of commits that would need
to be made to the 1.9.4 release in order to make it equivalent to the
tip of master.  So that's most of the commits in master since the 1.9.0
release (the last time master was merged into stable).

Mercurial was using a "shortest distance" algorithm.

Just for reference, there is also a discussion on this at

Kevin J. McCarthy
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