Anonymous committed 026351a

Make GIT-VERSION-GEN tolerate missing git describe command

I think it is probably a bug that "git non_existent_command"
returns its error message to stdout without an error, where
"git-non_existent_command" behaves differently and does return an

Older versions of git did not implement "git describe" and
GIT-VERSION-GEN produces an empty version string if run on
a system with such a git installed. The consequence
is that "make rpm" fails.

This patch fixes GIT-VERSION-GEN so that it works in the
absence of a working "git describe"

Signed-off-by: John Ellson <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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-VN=$(git describe --abbrev=4 HEAD 2>/dev/null) || VN=v1.0.GIT
+VN=$(git-describe --abbrev=4 HEAD 2>/dev/null) || VN=v1.0.GIT
 VN=$(expr "$VN" : v'\(.*\)')
 if test -r $GVF