git-annex reinject - inject content of file back into annex


git annex reinject [src dest]

git annex reinject --known [src]


Moves the content of the src file or files into the annex. Only known file contents will be reinjected. Any unknown src files will be left unchanged.

This can be useful if you have obtained the content of a file from elsewhere and want to put it in the local annex. For example, if a file's content has been lost and you have a backup, you can restore the backup and reinject it into your local repository.

There are two ways to use this command. Specifying a src file and the name of a dest file (located inside the repository's working tree) injects the src file as the content of the dest file.

git annex reinject /tmp/foo.iso foo.iso

Or the --known option can be used to reinject all known src files, without needing to specify the dest file.

git annex reinject --known /tmp/*.iso


  • --known

    With this option, each specified src file is hashed using the default key-value backend (or the one specified with --backend), and if git-annex has a record of the file having been in the annex before, the content is reinjected.

    Note that this will reinject old versions of files that have been modified or deleted from the current git branch. Use git-annex-unused(1) to detect when such old and potentially unused files have been reinjected.

  • --backend

    Specify the key-value backend to use when checking if a file is known with the --known option.







Joey Hess

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