I have a small github project, which I need to add an option to to output some version number on the commandline.

The problem is I have no idea how to "compute" the version number. Is this some random process? Should I just start at 1.0 (probably creating a tag or something), and put a number after . for fixes?

I know this question is a bit vague... I just had never to deal with this, and want to use some sane versioning scheme.


Im also interested into how to update this version number automatically, maybe using something like a git hook.


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Have a look at Semantic Versioning. What constitutes a major, minor and patch version increment depends on your project, but the site is a good starting point. You might also want to include the first few digits of the git commit ID in the version, so you can find it later.

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