Git fetch, tags, remotes, and more

Fri 27 July 2012 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags git

I’ve been playing around with Git, Puppet, and GPG verification of our Puppet configuration repository, and these are some random facts about Git that have come to light as part of the process.

If you want to pull both changes and new tags from a remote repository, you can do this:

$ git fetch
$ git fetch --tags

Or you can do this:

$ git fetch --tags
$ git fetch

What’s the difference? git fetch will leave FETCH_HEAD pointing at the remote HEAD, whereas git fetch --tags will leave FETCH_HEAD pointing at the most recent tag.

You can also do:

$ git remote update

Which unlike git fetch will pull down any new tags…but unlike git fetch --tags will not update tags that already exist in the local repository (git remote update also sets FETCH_HEAD to the remote HEAD).


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