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git-annex 5.20140412 released with these changes

  • Last release didn't quite fix the high cpu issue in all cases, this should.
Posted Fri Apr 11 22:29:58 2014

git-annex 5.20140411 released with these changes

  • importfeed: Filename template can now contain an itempubdate variable. Needs feed
  • Fix rsync progress parsing in locales that use comma in number display. Closes: #744148
  • assistant: Fix high CPU usage triggered when a monthly fsck is scheduled, and the last time the job ran was a day of the month > 12. This caused a runaway loop. Thanks to Anarcat for his assistance, and to Maximiliano Curia for identifying the cause of this bug.
  • Remove wget from OSX dmg, due to issues with cert paths that broke git-annex automatic upgrading. Instead, curl is used, unless the OSX system has wget installed, which will then be used.
Posted Fri Apr 11 19:45:48 2014

git-annex 5.20140405 released with these changes

  • git-annex-shell: Added notifychanges command.
  • Improve display of dbus notifications. Thanks, Johan Kiviniemi.
  • Fix nautilus script installation to not crash when the nautilus script dir does not exist. Instead, only install scripts when the directory already exists.
Posted Sat Apr 5 22:51:41 2014

git-annex 5.20140402 released with these changes

  • unannex, uninit: Avoid committing after every file is unannexed, for massive speedup.
  • --notify-finish switch will cause desktop notifications after each file upload/download/drop completes (using the dbus Desktop Notifications Specification)
  • --notify-start switch will show desktop notifications when each file upload/download starts.
  • webapp: Automatically install Nautilus integration scripts to get and drop files.
  • tahoe: Pass -d parameter before subcommand; putting it after the subcommand no longer works with tahoe-lafs version 1.10. (Thanks, Alberto Berti)
  • forget --drop-dead: Avoid removing the dead remote from the trust.log, so that if git remotes for it still exist anywhere, git annex info will still know it's dead and not show it.
  • git-annex-shell: Make configlist automatically initialize a remote git repository, as long as a git-annex branch has been pushed to it, to simplify setup of remote git repositories, including via gitolite.
  • add --include-dotfiles: New option, perhaps useful for backups.
  • Version 5.20140227 broke creation of glacier repositories, not including the datacenter and vault in their configuration. This bug is fixed, but glacier repositories set up with the broken version of git-annex need to have the datacenter and vault set in order to be usable. This can be done using git annex enableremote to add the missing settings. For details, see
  • Added required content configuration.
  • assistant: Improve ssh authorized keys line generated in local pairing or for a remote ssh server to set environment variables in an alternative way that works with the non-POSIX fish shell, as well as POSIX shells.
Posted Thu Apr 3 01:01:46 2014

git-annex 5.20140320 released with these changes

  • Fix zombie leak and general inneficiency when copying files to a local git repo.
  • Fix ssh connection caching stop method to work with openssh 6.5p1, which broke the old method.
  • webapp: Added a "Sync now" item to each repository's menu.
  • webapp: Use securemem for constant time auth token comparisons.
  • copy --fast --to remote: Avoid printing anything for files that are already believed to be present on the remote.
  • Commands that allow specifying which repository to act on using the repository's description will now fail when multiple repositories match, rather than picking a repository at random. (So will --in=)
  • Better workaround for problem umasks when eg, setting up ssh keys.
  • "standard" can now be used as a first-class keyword in preferred content expressions. For example "standard or (include=otherdir/*)"
  • groupwanted can be used in preferred content expressions.
  • vicfg: Allows editing preferred content expressions for groups.
  • Improve behavior when unable to parse a preferred content expression (thanks, ion).
  • metadata: Add --get
  • metadata: Support --key option (and some other ones like --all)
  • For each metadata field, there's now an automatically maintained "$field-lastchanged" that gives the date of the last change to that field. Also the "lastchanged" field for the date of the last change to any of a file's metadata.
  • unused: In direct mode, files that are deleted from the work tree and so have no content present are no longer incorrectly detected as unused.
  • Avoid encoding errors when using the unused log file.
  • map: Fix crash when one of the remotes of a repo is a local directory that does not exist, or is not a git repo.
  • repair: Improve memory usage when git fsck finds a great many broken objects.
  • Windows: Fix some filename encoding bugs.
  • rsync special remote: Fix slashes when used on Windows.
Posted Thu Mar 20 20:04:39 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