git-annex inprogress - access files while they're being downloaded


git annex inprogress [path ...]


This command allows accessing the content of an annexed file while it is still being downloaded. It outputs to standard output the name of the temporary file that is being used to download the specified annexed file.

This can sometimes be used to stream a file before it's been fully downloaded, for example:

git annex get video.mpeg &
vlc $(git annex inprogress video.mpeg)

Of course if the file is downloading too slowly, the media player will reach the end too soon and not show the whole thing. And of course, only some file formats can be usefully streamed in this way.


  • [path ..]

    The files or directories whose partially downloaded content you want to access.

    Note that, when no path is specified, it defaults to all files in the current working directory, and subdirectories, which can take a while to traverse. It's most efficient to specify a the file you are interested in, or to use --all

  • --all -A

    Rather than specifying a filename or path, this option can be used to access all files that are currently being downloaded.

  • file matching options

    The git-annex-matching-options(1) can be used to specify files to access.


If any of the requested files are not currently being downloaded, the exit status will be 1.





Joey Hess

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