libgit2 v0.12.0

Hello everyone,

as thoroughly requested, and after much delay, here’s the new minor
libgit2 release.

The release has been tagged at:

A dist package can be found at:

The full change log follows after the message.

Thanks for your time,

libgit2 v0.12.0 “absolutely no reason”

Hey, welcome to yet another minor libgit2 release. Sorry for the delay from
the last one. As you’ll see the changelog is quite extensive — hopefully from
now on we’ll stick to more frequent minor releases.

Together with the usual bugfixes, here’s a list of the new key features:

  • Distfiles

    This version comes with proper distfiles as requested in #131. These are
    available in the Downloads section of the GitHub project.
  • Error handling

    A new error handling API has been implemented that allows the library to
    return detailed error messages together with the generic error codes. We
    hope this will be a great when wrapping and integrating the library
    New external method to get the last detailed error message:
    + git_lasterror(void)
    The old `git_strerror` still exists, but will be deprecated in the future
    as soon as every method in the library returns a valid error message.
    The task of writing error messages for every method is quite daunting.
    We appreciate pull requests with more error messages. Check the new error
    handling documentation in the following commit:
  • Redis backend

    We now have a Redis backend courtesy of Dmitry Kovega. Just like the
    SQLite backend, this allows the library to store Git objects in a Redis
    key-value store.
    The backend requires the `hiredis` library. Use `--with-redis` when
    building libgit2 to enable building the backend if `hiredis` is available.
  • Commits

    New methods to access tree and parent data as a raw OID value
    instead of forcing a repository lookup
    + git_commit_tree_oid(git_commit *commit)
    + git_commit_parent_oid(git_commit *commit, unsigned int n)
  • Index

    The `git_index_add` method has been split into 4 different calls
    which allow for appending and replacing in-memory entries and on-disk
    files to the index.
    + git_index_add(git_index *index, const char *path, int stage)
    + git_index_add2(git_index *index, const git_index_entry *source_entry)
    + git_index_append(git_index *index, const char *path, int stage)
    + git_index_append2(git_index *index, const git_index_entry *source_entry)
    Index entries can now also be efficiently removed from the index:
    + git_index_remove(git_index *index, int position)
  • References

    Methods to force the creation and renaming of references, even if those already
    exist on the repository.
                    + git_reference_create_symbolic_f(git_reference **ref_out,
    git_repository *repo,
                                    const char *name, const char *target)
                    + git_reference_create_oid_f(git_reference **ref_out, git_repository *repo,
                                    const char *name, const git_oid *id)
                    + git_reference_rename_f(git_reference *ref, const char *new_name)
  • Repository

    New auxiliary methods with repository information
    + git_repository_is_empty(git_repository *repo)
    + git_repository_path(git_repository *repo)
    + git_repository_workdir(git_repository *repo)
  • Signatures

    New method to create a signature with the current date/time
    + git_signature_now(const char *name, const char *email)
  • Tags

    Several wrappers to automate tag creation.
    + git_tag_create_frombuffer(git_oid *oid, git_repository *repo,
                    const char *buffer)
    + git_tag_create_f(git_oid *oid, git_repository *repo,
                    const char *tag_name, const git_oid *target,
                    git_otype target_type, const git_signature *tagger,
                    const char *message);
    + git_tag_create_fo(git_oid *oid, git_repository *repo,
                    const char *tag_name, const git_object *target,
                    const git_signature *tagger, const char *message)
    New functionality to delete and list tags in a repository without
    having to resort to the `references` API.
    + git_tag_delete(git_repository *repo, const char *tag_name)
    + git_tag_list(git_strarray *tag_names, git_repository *repo)
  • Trees

    All instances of `git_tree_entry` are now returned and handled
    as constant, to remind the user that these opaque types are not
    supposed to be manually free'd.
    The `git_tree_entry_2object` method now takes a `git_repository`
    argument which defines in which repository the resolved object
    should be looked up. (It is expected to be the same repository
    that contains the parent `git_tree` for the entry).
    + git_tree_entry_2object(git_object **object_out, git_repository *repo,
                    const git_tree_entry *entry)
    New opaque type `git_treebuilder` with functionality to create and
    write trees on memory
                    + git_treebuilder_create(git_treebuilder **builder_p, const git_tree *source)
                    + git_treebuilder_clear(git_treebuilder *bld)
                    + git_treebuilder_free(git_treebuilder *bld)
                    + git_treebuilder_get(git_treebuilder *bld, const char *filename)
                    + git_treebuilder_insert(git_tree_entry **entry_out, git_treebuilder *bld,
                                    const char *filename, const git_oid *id, unsigned int attributes)
                    + git_treebuilder_remove(git_treebuilder *bld, const char *filename)
                    + git_treebuilder_filter(git_treebuilder *bld,
                                    int (*filter)(const git_tree_entry *, void *), void *payload)
                    + git_treebuilder_write(git_oid *oid, git_repository *repo,
    git_treebuilder *bld)
    New method to write an index file as a tree to the ODB.
    + git_tree_create_fromindex(git_oid *oid, git_index *index)

Thanks to the usual guility parties that make this this happen, to
all the new contributors who are starting to submit pull requests, and
to the bindings developers who have to keep up with our shit.

Feedback and questions welcome on

Signed-off-by: Vicent Marti <>


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