Git Version numbering with a centralized workflow

We are using Git with a central server, and our code needs to include a version number in a file. The way this is currently done is like this:

  1. A new developer does a “git clone”
  2. In his local copy, he edits .git/hooks/pre-commit to call (which is included in the project root) takes a version number from “git describe” and stores it in a file.

While this works, I would like to make sure that the version number is updated even if a developer forgot to edit his pre-commit hook.

Since the server has no working copy, simply calling the (pre|post)-receive hooks there does not work, so I am wondering if there is a way to do this.

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    How about a hooks/update on the central repo that rejects commits without changes to the version file (named VERSION in the example below)?

    #! /bin/bash
    if [ -z "$refname" -o -z "$oldrev" -o -z "$newrev" ]; then
      echo "Usage: $0 <ref> <oldrev> <newrev>" >&2
      exit 1
    if [ "$refname" != "refs/heads/master" ]; then
      exit 0
    if diff -bq <(git show $oldrev:VERSION) \
                <(git show $newrev:VERSION) >/dev/null
      echo "$0: VERSION unchanged; rejecting update" >&2
      exit 1

    The x264 project automatically generates a version number by counting git commits in the history. It migrated from svn, where versions were actually called r678, for example, but someone cooked up a script to generate numbers from git.;a=blob;;hb=HEAD

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