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git-annex 5.20141024 released with these changes

  • vicfg: Deleting configurations now resets to the default, where before it has no effect.
  • Remove hurd stuff from cabal file, since hackage currently rejects it, and the test suite fails on hurd.
  • initremote: Don't allow creating a special remote that has the same name as an existing git remote.
  • Windows: Use haskell setenv library to clean up several ugly workarounds for inability to manipulate the environment on windows. This includes making git-annex not re-exec itself on start on windows, and making the test suite on Windows run tests without forking.
  • glacier: Fix pipe setup when calling glacier-cli to retrieve an object.
  • info: When run on a single annexed file, displays some info about the file, including its key and size.
  • info: When passed the name or uuid of a remote, displays info about that remote. Remotes that support encryption, chunking, or embedded creds will include that in their info.
  • enableremote: When the remote has creds, update the local creds cache file. Before, the old version of the creds could be left there, and would continue to be used.
Posted Fri Oct 24 17:35:16 2014

git-annex 5.20141013 released with these changes

  • Adjust cabal file to support building w/o assistant on the hurd.
  • Support building with yesod 1.4.
  • S3: Fix embedcreds=yes handling for the Internet Archive.
  • map: Handle .git prefixed remote repos. Closes: #614759
  • repair: Prevent auto gc from happening when fetching from a remote.
Posted Mon Oct 13 15:37:34 2014

git-annex 5.20140927 released with these changes

  • Really depend (not just build-depend) on new enough git for --no-gpg-sign to work. Closes: #763057
  • Add temporary workaround for bug #763078 which broke building on armel and armhf.
Posted Sat Sep 27 19:57:15 2014

git-annex 5.20140926 released with these changes

  • Depend on new enough git for --no-gpg-sign to work. Closes: #762446
  • Work around failure to build on mips by using cabal, not Setup, to build in debian/rules.
Posted Fri Sep 26 20:01:49 2014

git-annex 5.20140919 released with these changes

  • Security fix for S3 and glacier when using embedcreds=yes with encryption=pubkey or encryption=hybrid. CVE-2014-6274 The creds embedded in the git repo were not encrypted. git-annex enableremote will warn when used on a remote that has this problem. For details, see:
  • assistant: Detect when repository has been deleted or moved, and automatically shut down the assistant. Closes: #761261
  • Windows: Avoid crashing trying to list gpg secret keys, for gcrypt which is not yet supported on Windows.
  • WebDav: Fix enableremote crash when the remote already exists. (Bug introduced in version 5.20140817.)
  • add: In direct mode, adding an annex symlink will check it into git, as was already done in indirect mode.
Posted Fri Sep 19 17:10:35 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