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git-annex 5.20150528 released with these changes

  • fromkey, registerurl: Allow urls to be specified instead of keys, and generate URL keys.
  • Linux standalone, OSX app: Improve runshell script to always quote shell vars, so that it will work when eg, untarred into a directory path with spaces in its name.
  • Revert removal dependency on obsolete hamlet package, since the autobuilders are not ready for this change yet and it prevented them from building the webapp. Reopens: #786659
  • fsck: When checksumming a file fails due to a hardware fault, the file is now moved to the bad directory, and the fsck proceeds. Before, the fsck immediately failed.
  • Linux standalone: The webapp was not built in the previous release, this release fixes that oversight.
Posted Thu May 28 16:59:39 2015

git-annex 5.20150522 released with these changes

  • import: Refuse to import files that are within the work tree, as that does not make sense and could cause data loss.
  • drop: Now supports --all, --unused, and --key.
  • drop: Now defaults to --all when run in a bare repository. (Previously, did nothing when run in a bare repository.)
  • get, move, copy, mirror: Concurrent transfers are now supported! For example: git-annex get -J10 However, progress bars are not yet displayed for concurrent transfers, pending an updated version of the ascii-progress library.
  • --quiet now makes progress output by rsync, wget, etc be quiet too.
  • Take space that will be used by other running downloads into account when checking annex.diskreserve.
  • Avoid accumulating transfer failure log files unless the assistant is being used.
  • Fix an unlikely race that could result in two transfers of the same key running at once.
  • Stale transfer lock and info files will be cleaned up automatically when get/unused/info commands are run.
  • unused: Add --used-refspec option and annex.used-refspec, which can specify a set of refs to consider used, rather than the default of considering all refs used.
  • webapp: Fix zombie xdg-open process left when opening file browser. Closes: #785498
  • Safer posix fctnl locking implementation, using lock pools and STM.
  • Build documentation with TZ=UTC for reproducible builds. See #785736.
  • OSX: Corrected the location of trustedkeys.gpg, so the built-in upgrade code will find it. Fixes OSX upgrade going forward, but older versions won't upgrade themselves due to this problem.
Posted Fri May 22 20:17:44 2015

git-annex 5.20150508 released with these changes

  • Improve behavior when a git-annex command is told to operate on a file that doesn't exist. It will now continue to other files specified after that on the command line, and only error out at the end.
  • S3: Enable debug logging when annex.debug or --debug is set.
  • S3: git annex info will show additional information about a S3 remote (endpoint, port, storage class)
  • S3: Let git annex enableremote be used, without trying to recreate a bucket that should already exist.
  • S3: Fix incompatability with bucket names used by hS3; the aws library cannot handle upper-case bucket names. git-annex now converts them to lower case automatically.
  • import: Check for gitignored files before moving them into the tree. (Needs git 1.8.4 or newer.)
  • import: Don't stop entire import when one file fails due to being gitignored or conflicting with something in the work tree.
  • import: Before removing a duplicate file in --deduplicate or --clean-duplicates mode, verify that enough copies of its content still exist.
  • Improve integration with KDE's file manager to work with dolphin version 14.12.3 while still being compatable with 4.14.2. Thanks, silvio.
  • assistant: Added --autostop to complement --autostart.
  • Work around wget bug #784348 which could cause it to clobber git-annex symlinks when downloading from ftp.
  • Support checking ftp urls for file presence.
  • Fix bogus failure of fsck --fast.
  • fsck: Ignore error recording the fsck in the activity log, which can happen when running fsck in a read-only repository. Closes: #698559 (fsck can still need to write to the repository if it find problems, but a successful fsck can be done read-only)
  • Improve quvi 0.4 output parsing to handle cases wher there is no known filename extension. This is currently the case when using quvi with youtube. In this case, the extension ".m" will be used.
  • Dropped support for older versions of yesod, warp, and dbus than the ones in Debian Jessie.
  • Switch from the obsolete dataenc library for base64 encoding to sandi. (Thanks, Magnus Therning)
  • Debian's ghc now supports TH on arm! Adjust build dependencies to build the webapp on arm, and enable DAV support on arm. \o/
  • Adjust some other arch specific build dependencies that are now available on more architectures in Devian unstable.
  • Windows: Remove cygwin ssh, the newer version of which has stopped honoring the setting of HOME. Instead, copy msysgit's ssh into PATH. Note that setting up a remote ssh server using password authentication is known to be broken in this release on Windows.
  • Windows: Roll back to an older version of rsync from cygwin. The newer version has some dependency on a newer ssh from cygwin.
Posted Fri May 8 19:09:11 2015

git-annex 5.20150420 released with these changes

  • Fix activity log parsing, which caused the log to not retain activity from other uuids.
  • Union merge could fall over if there was a file in the repository with the same name as a git ref. Now fixed.
  • info dir: Added information about repositories that contain files in the specified directory.
  • info: Added --bytes option.
  • bittorrent: Fix handling of magnet links.
  • When a key's size is unknown, still check the annex.diskreserve, and avoid getting content if the disk is too full.
  • Fix fsck --from a git remote in a local directory, and from a directory special remote. This was a reversion caused by the relative path changes in 5.20150113.
  • fsck --from remote: When bad content is found in the remote, and the local repo does not have a copy of the content, preserve the bad content in .git/annex/bad/ to avoid further data loss.
  • fsck --from remote: Avoid downloading a key if it would go over the annex.diskreserve limit.
  • required: New command, like wanted, but for required content.
  • Removed dependency on haskell SHA library, instead using cryptohash >= 0.11.0.
  • Make repo init more robust.
  • New debian/rules build-standalone target, which generates a git-annex-standalone.deb that should work on many old Debian etc systems. Thanks, Yaroslav Halchenko.
  • Windows: Renamed start menu file to avoid loop in some versions of Windows where the menu file is treated as a git-annex program.
  • Windows: Fixed support of remotes on other drives. (A reversion introduced in version 5.20150113.)
  • Windows: Bundled versions of rsync, wget, ssh, and gpg from cygwin all updated. Thanks, Yury V. Zaytsev.
Posted Mon Apr 20 20:06:44 2015

git-annex 5.20150409 released with these changes

  • This fixes a bug in the assistant introduced by the literal pathspec changes in version 5.20150406.
  • --quiet now suppresses progress displays from eg, rsync. (Second time's the charm..)
  • fromkey, registerurl: When reading from stdin, allow the filename and url, respectively, to contain whitespace.
  • add: If annex.largefiles is set and does not match a file that's being added, the file will be checked into git rather than being added to the annex. Previously, git annex add skipped over such files; this new behavior is more useful in direct mode.
  • proxy: Made it work when run in a new repository before initial commit.
  • info: Display repository mode: bare when in a bare (non-direct mode) repo.
  • importfeed: Fix feed download when curl is used.
  • importfeed: Error out when passed a non-url.
  • webapp: When adding another local repository, and combining it with the current repository, the new repository's remote path was set to "." rather than the path to the current repository. This was a reversion caused by the relative path changes in 5.20150113.
  • contentlocationn: New plumbing command.
Posted Thu Apr 9 20:40:55 2015

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