Build ID from Git (updated)

A simple build_id can be generated from Git via:

git log --pretty=oneline | wc -l

which will give you something like 9682

And while this will likely vary by branch, you really want to base a build id only from the branch you are deploying to production (in our case, release) anyway. It won’t let you name a work-in-progress, so that might be an issue for some people but also might enforce good practice by not letting you name a release until it’s “done”. As long as the naming is consistent, it should work. Of course in this scenario if you hot/bug-fix release that actual value will go up, but that’s not really what we care about, seems like our criterion would be:

  • something we can generate in an automated build
  • something sequential so it’s easy to tell the order to other builds
  • something unique (potential edge cases it may not be, but would be very edge-case)

    If you want a sequential number to give ordinal context but hash info for relevancy can use:

    echo $(git log --pretty=oneline | wc -l)-$(git log -1 '--pretty=format:%h')

    which will give you something like 9682-36a51c8

    log count + “-” + truncated last commit hash. You could add zero-padding or similar if desired.

    This seems particularly useful if you aren’t tagging at the time you create the id. Otherwise, you would be able to get the hash from the tag.

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