git-annex expire - expire inactive repositories


git annex expire [repository:]time ...


This command expires repositories that have not performed some activity within a specified time period. A repository is expired by marking it as dead. De-expiration is also done; if a dead repository performed some activity recently, it is marked as semitrusted again.

This can be useful when it's not possible to keep track of the state of repositories manually. For example, a distributed network of repositories where nobody can directly access all the repositories to check their status.

The repository can be specified using the name of a remote, or the description or uuid of the repository.

The time is in the form "60d" or "1y". A time of "never" will disable expiration.

If a time is specified without a repository, it is used as the default value for all repositories. Note that the current repository is never expired.


  • --no-act

    Print out what would be done, but not not actually expire or unexpire any repositories.

  • --activity=Name

    Specify the activity that a repository must have performed to avoid being expired. The default is any activity.

    Currently, the only activity that can be performed to avoid expiration is git annex fsck. Note that fscking a remote updates the expiration of the remote repository, not the local repository.

    The first version of git-annex that recorded fsck activity was 5.20150405.








Joey Hess

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