Commit 652d2bfa authored by Junio C Hamano's avatar Junio C Hamano

Merge branch 'ds/doc-two-kinds-of-tags'

* ds/doc-two-kinds-of-tags:
  docs/git-tag: explain lightweight versus annotated tags
parents 5ecc4b53 29d55538
......@@ -42,6 +42,17 @@ committer identity for the current user is used to find the
GnuPG key for signing. The configuration variable `gpg.program`
is used to specify custom GnuPG binary.
Tag objects (created with `-a`, `s`, or `-u`) are called "annotated"
tags; they contain a creation date, the tagger name and e-mail, a
tagging message, and an optional GnuPG signature. Whereas a
"lightweight" tag is simply a name for an object (usually a commit
object).
Annotated tags are meant for release while lightweight tags are meant
for private or temporary object labels. For this reason, some git
commands for naming objects (like `git describe`) will ignore
lightweight tags by default.
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