_DATE__, version string, and distros

Eric S. Raymond esr at thyrsus.com
Tue Apr 18 05:07:09 UTC 2017

Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>:
> >> So the second step is to add a way to override the time stamp from
> >> autorevision.  That will also solve my problem of getting useful info
> >> from the version string.
> > Debug mode only?
> There already is too much tangled up with debug.
> I've been assuming it would be a new option.
> >> If we don't want to break the build-repro guarantee, we
> >> have to put the new date into a file or update the last
> >>commit date.
> > commit date is fine.
> Commit date alone doesn't solve my problem.  I want an option that shows that 
> I've made some edits that aren't committed.  I could put an exit+commit for a 
> dummy file into a script, but then I couldn't ever push anything without 
> trashing the master repo.
> Maybe git can handle that case.  If so, I need a lesson.

Have you tried git describe?
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