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cmd/go: maybe show legacy tags in pseudoversions #25898

rsc opened this issue Jun 14, 2018 · 3 comments


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@rsc rsc commented Jun 14, 2018

If you do

go get foo@tag

where tag is not a proper semver tag for foo, then vgo looks up tag, resolves the commit, finds the date on the commit, and records instead of tag a pseudo-version like


I wonder if we should preserve the tag, so that the recorded version would be:


This would work for branch names and legacy semver tags too, of course, so that we could have:


These would just show a little bit more information when you list your dependencies in projects not using tagged releases (or at least vgo-compatible tagged releases in the case of the legacy v17).

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@myitcv myitcv commented Jul 9, 2018

Particularly useful if you're using branches during active development.

@rsc rsc modified the milestones: vgo, Go1.11 Jul 12, 2018
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@rsc rsc commented Aug 10, 2018

I'm not going to do this for Go 1.11. I think it's important not to clutter the pseudo-version with non-essential information, so that there is always a single canonical form in all the things that print versions. For Go 1.12 maybe we can find a way to put it in a comment instead.


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@bcmills bcmills commented May 17, 2019

We could also retain the original +metadata in pseudo-versions obtained from tags that include metadata (#31713).

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