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git-annex 6.20171109 released with these changes

  • Fix export of subdir of a branch.
  • Fix exporting of non-annexed files to external special remotes.
  • unlock, lock: Support --json.
  • When there are multiple urls for a file, still treat it as being present in the web when some urls don't work, as long as at least one url does work.
  • Makefile improvement for sudo make install. Thanks, Eric Siegerman
  • Makefile improvement for BUILDER=stack, use stack to run ghc.
  • testremote: Test exporttree.
  • Fix directory special remote's cleanup of empty export directories.
Posted Thu Nov 9 16:24:06 2017

git-annex 6.20171026 released with these changes

  • Windows: Fix reversion that caused the path used to link to annexed content to include the drive letter and full path, rather than being relative. (git annex fix will fix up after this problem).
  • Windows build fixed, and changed to use stack for more reliable build environment.
  • Windows: Remove wget from bundle; it needs libraries that are not included, and git for windows includes curl which git-annex will use instead.
  • Add day to metadata when annex.genmetadata is enabled. Thanks, Sean T Parsons
  • stack.yaml: Added nix packages section. Thanks, Sean T Parsons
Posted Thu Oct 26 18:03:16 2017

git-annex 6.20171018 released with these changes

  • add: Replace work tree file atomically on systems supporting hard links. Avoids a window where interrupting an add could result in the file being moved into the annex, with no symlink yet created.
  • webdav: Avoid unncessisarily creating the collection at the top of the repository when storing files there, since that collection is created by initremote. (This seems to work around some brokenness of the webdav server, which caused uploads to be very slow or sometimes fail.)
  • webdav: Make --debug show all webdav operations.
  • get -J/move -J/copy -J/mirror -J/sync -J: Avoid "transfer already in progress" errors when two files use the same key.
  • Konqueror desktop file location changed to one used by plasma 5. Thanks, Félix Sipma.
  • Avoid repeated checking that files passed on the command line exist.
  • Fix build with aws-0.17.
  • stack.yaml: Update to lts-9.9.
Posted Wed Oct 18 19:41:52 2017

git-annex 6.20171003 released with these changes

  • webdav: Improve error message for failed request to include the request method and path.
  • metadata: Added --remove-all.
  • Warn when metadata is inherited from a previous version of a file, to avoid the user being surprised in cases where that behavior is not desired or expected.
  • sync: Added --cleanup, which removes local and remote synced/ branches.
  • external: When the external special remote program crashed, a newline could be output, which messed up the expected output for --batch mode.
  • external: Avoid checking EXPORTSUPPORTED for special remotes that are not configured to use exports.
  • test: Fix reversion that made it only run inside a git repository.
  • copy, move: Behave same with --fast when sending to remotes located on a local disk as when sending to other remotes.
  • Fix process and file descriptor leak that was exposed when git-annex was built with ghc 8.2.1. Broke git-annex test on OSX due to running out of FDs, and may have also leaked in other situations.
  • info: Improve cleanup of stale transfer info files.
Posted Tue Oct 3 17:19:31 2017

git-annex 6.20170925 released with these changes

  • git-annex export: New command, can create and efficiently update exports of trees to special remotes.
  • Use git-annex initremote with exporttree=yes to set up a special remote for use by git-annex export.
  • Implemented export to directory, S3, and webdav special remotes.
  • External special remote protocol extended to support export. Developers of external special remotes should consider if export makes sense for them and add support.
  • sync, assistant: Update tracking exports.
  • Support building with feed-1.0, while still supporting older versions.
  • init: Display an additional message when it detects a filesystem that allows writing to files whose write bit is not set.
  • S3: Allow removing files from IA.
  • webdav: Checking if a non-existent file is present on triggered a bug in its webdav support that generates an infinite series of redirects. Deal with such problems by assuming such behavior means the file is not present.
  • webdav: Fix lack of url-escaping of filenames. Mostly impacted exports of filenames containing eg spaces.
  • webdav: Changed path used on webdav server for temporary files.
Posted Mon Sep 25 15:35:35 2017

Similar to the yearly git user survey, there is a 2015 git-annex user survey.

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

Posted Mon Oct 19 20:05:12 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