git describe in Sourcetree Edited


I would like to have instant access to the "git describe" description of a commit.  When we have a compiled build, it's how we identify the associated source.

For those unfamiliar, it returns (for example): "v1.01-14-g1234abcd", in the format of {Closest Tag}-{Distance from Tag}-g{Hash}.

What I've tried:

I've tried adding a custom action, for script to run: "git", parameters: "describe --long --tags --always $SHA"

However, this opens a command line window that instantly closes.  I'm sure I can work around that with a bash script, but it's really not the easy access I'm looking for.


Is there a way to add a new column in the Log/History viewer (with Graph, Descripton, Date, etc.) where it could show the result of the "git describe --long --tags --always $SHA" command?

Less ideal but good:

Can a custom command appear inside any docked window automatically?

Is there a way to make the "Custom Action" just post a return string in Sourcetree without launching a separate window?  Even if "Show Full Output" is on, Sourectree just lists the command and adds "Completed successfully."


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Custom actions are just commands that run in their own windows, much like the underlying Git or Mercurial ones. 

The options you listed aren't currently possible, please vote on or file tickets in and/or

Brian Ganninger
Senior Mac Developer, Sourcetree

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