Tag a releaseOnce one is happy with the code and the build, a given commit can be tagged with a proper release tag::
$ git checkout release
# Code changes, fixes, build, tests, etc.
$ git commit -m"Release candidate complete"
# To view the latest commit hash:
$ git log
Author: Marco Massenzio
Date: Tue Aug 28 22:49:04 2012 -0700
Release candidate complete
# Tag it with the appropriate release number
git tag -m"Rel. 0.6 RC3" rel_0.6rc3 2e4a6e1a
# Push the commits to origin:
$ git push origin release
# The tag will be kept local to the repository, must be pushed too:
$ git push origin rel_0.6rc3:refs/tags/rel_0.6rc3
When others pull from the remote origin repo, the tag will be pulled too.
GithubA nice feature of github is that it records the tags separately, and clicking on any of them will
cause a download of a 'clean' working directory into a ZIP file or tarball, reflecting the state of
the project at the exact point when the tagged commit was pushed.