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git-annex 5.20140817 released with these changes

  • New chunk= option to chunk files stored in special remotes. Supported by: directory, S3, webdav, gcrypt, rsync, and all external and hook special remotes.
  • Partially transferred files are automatically resumed when using chunked remotes!
  • The old chunksize= option is deprecated. Do not use for new remotes.
  • Legacy code for directory remotes using the old chunksize= option will keep them working, but more slowly than before.
  • webapp: Automatically install Konqueror integration scripts to get and drop files.
  • repair: Removing bad objects could leave fsck finding no more unreachable objects, but some branches no longer accessible. Fix this, including support for fixing up repositories that were incompletely repaired before.
  • Fix cost calculation for non-encrypted remotes.
  • Display exception message when a transfer fails due to an exception.
  • WebDAV: Sped up by avoiding making multiple http connections when storing a file.
  • WebDAV: Avoid buffering whole file in memory when uploading and downloading.
  • WebDAV: Dropped support for DAV before 1.0.
  • testremote: New command to test uploads/downloads to a remote.
  • Dropping an object from a bup special remote now deletes the git branch for the object, although of course the object's content cannot be deleted due to the nature of bup.
  • unlock: Better error handling; continue past files that are not available or cannot be unlocked due to disk space, and try all specified files.
  • Windows: Now uses actual inode equivilants in new direct mode repositories, for safer detection of eg, renaming of files with the same size and mtime.
  • direct: Fix ugly warning messages.
  • WORM backend: When adding a file in a subdirectory, avoid including the subdirectory in the key name.
  • S3, Glacier, WebDAV: Fix bug that prevented accessing the creds when the repository was configured with encryption=shared embedcreds=yes.
  • direct: Avoid leaving file content in misctemp if interrupted.
  • git-annex-shell sendkey: Don't fail if a remote asks for a key to be sent that already has a transfer lock file indicating it's being sent to that remote. The remote may have moved between networks, or reconnected.
  • Switched from the old haskell HTTP library to http-conduit.
Posted Sun Aug 17 14:50:05 2014

git-annex 5.20140717 released with these changes

  • Fix minor FD leak in journal code. Closes: #754608
  • direct: Fix handling of case where a work tree subdirectory cannot be written to due to permissions.
  • migrate: Avoid re-checksumming when migrating from hashE to hash backend.
  • uninit: Avoid failing final removal in some direct mode repositories due to file modes.
  • S3: Deal with AWS ACL configurations that do not allow creating or checking the location of a bucket, but only reading and writing content to it.
  • resolvemerge: New plumbing command that runs the automatic merge conflict resolver.
  • Deal with change in git 2.0 that made indirect mode merge conflict resolution leave behind old files.
  • sync: Fix git sync with local git remotes even when they don't have an annex.uuid set. (The assistant already did so.)
  • Set gcrypt-publish-participants when setting up a gcrypt repository, to avoid unncessary passphrase prompts. This is a security/usability tradeoff. To avoid exposing the gpg key ids who can decrypt the repository, users can unset gcrypt-publish-participants.
  • Install nautilus hooks even when ~/.local/share/nautilus/ does not yet exist, since it is not automatically created for Gnome 3 users.
  • Windows: Move .vbs files out of git\bin, to avoid that being in the PATH, which caused some weird breakage. (Thanks, divB)
  • Windows: Fix locking issue that prevented the webapp starting (since 5.20140707).
Posted Thu Jul 17 15:55:09 2014

git-annex 5.20140709 released with these changes

  • Fix race in direct mode merge code that could cause all files in the repository to be removed. It should be able to recover repositories experiencing this bug without data loss. See:
  • Fix git version that supported --no-gpg-sign.
  • Fix bug in automatic merge conflict resolution, when one side is an annexed symlink, and the other side is a non-annexed symlink.
  • Really fix bug that caused the assistant to make many unncessary empty merge commits.
Posted Wed Jul 9 20:11:03 2014

git-annex 5.20140707 released with these changes

  • assistant: Fix bug, introduced in last release, that caused the assistant to make many unncessary empty merge commits.
  • assistant: Fix one-way assistant->assistant sync in direct mode.
  • Fix bug in annex.queuesize calculation that caused much more queue flushing than necessary.
  • importfeed: When annex.genmetadata is set, metadata from the feed is added to files that are imported from it.
  • Support users who have set commit.gpgsign, by disabling gpg signatures for git-annex branch commits and commits made by the assistant.
  • Fix memory leak when committing millions of changes to the git-annex branch, eg after git-annex add has run on 2 million files in one go.
  • Support building with bloomfilter 2.0.0.
  • Run standalone install process when the assistant is started (was only being run when the webapp was opened).
  • Android: patch git to avoid fchmod, which fails on /sdcard.
  • Windows: Got rid of that pesky DOS box when starting the webapp.
  • Windows: Added Startup menu item so assistant starts automatically on login.
  • Windows: Fix opening file browser from webapp when repo is in a directory with spaces.
  • Windows: Assistant now logs to daemon.log.
Posted Mon Jul 7 16:44:00 2014

git-annex 5.20140613 released with these changes

  • Ignore setsid failures.
  • Avoid leaving behind .tmp files when failing in some cases, including importing files to a disk that is full.
  • Avoid bad commits after interrupted direct mode sync (or merge).
  • Fix build with wai 0.3.0.
  • Deal with FAT's low resolution timestamps, which in combination with Linux's caching of higher res timestamps while a FAT is mounted, caused direct mode repositories on FAT to seem to have modified files after they were unmounted and remounted.
  • Windows: Fix opening webapp when repository is in a directory with spaces in the path.
  • Detect when Windows has lost its mind in a timezone change, and automatically apply a delta to the timestamps it returns, to get back to sane values.
Posted Fri Jun 13 14:34:38 2014

Similar to the yearly git user survey, I am doing a 2013 git-annex user survey.

If you use git-annex, please take a few minutes to answer my questions!

Posted Fri Nov 22 17:17:21 2013

Thanks to my recent successful git-annex crowdfunding campaign, $1000 has been set aside to award others for their contributions to git-annex by the end of 2013. This is not a lot of money, but I hope that the reward and recognition will encourage some more people to work on git-annex.

You don't need to know Haskell! You could contribute some interesting and useful special remote hooks, or write better documentation.

On the other hand, if you have learned Haskell, this might be your first chance to make some money with it! Some ideas for things to work on that would be particularly award-worthy:

  • Port git-annex to IOS, using ghc-ios. I don't plan to ever do this myself, but you could make it happen.
  • Get the git-annex assistant working in Windows, building on the existing port to Windows. Otherwise, this is on my roadmap for February.
  • Solve existing bugs or todo items. There are more than I can keep up with.

The amount of the awards will vary depending on the size of the contribution. Since this is getting started later than is ideal, I reserve the right to extend it past the end of the year if I don't get enough participants.

If you'd like to participate in this program, just email me at --Joey

Posted Thu Oct 10 22:02:33 2013

git-annex will be briefly presented at FOSDEM, on Sunday February 4th at 15:40. Details.

Thanks to Richard Hartmann for making this presentation.

Posted Sat Feb 4 18:30:28 2012

Christophe-Marie Duquesne has just announced Sharebox, a FUSE filesystem relying on git-annex:

What are your goals?  
Seamless synchronization "à la dropbox".  
Ability to use with big binary files such as mp3/movies.  
Entirely decentralized.  
Don't use unnecessary space  
Keep it simple: avoid special VCS commands and keep a filesystem  
interface as much as possible.

While still alpha, this is promising. --Joey

Posted Thu Mar 31 18:06:14 2011

Linux Weekly News has a nice article on git-annex in it this week.

Posted Thu Dec 9 15:35:07 2010