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git-annex 6.20171214 released with these changes

  • Use youtube-dl rather than quvi to download media from web pages, since quvi is not being actively developed and youtube-dl supports many more sites.
  • addurl --relaxed got slower, since youtube-dl has to hit the network to check for embedded media. If you relied on --relaxed not hitting the network for speed reasons, using --relaxed --raw will get the old level of speed, but can't be used for urls with embedded videos.
  • importfeed now downloads things linked to by feeds, even when they are not media files.
  • Removed no longer needed dependency on yesod-default.
  • Allow exporttree remotes to be marked as dead.
  • initremote, enableremote: Really support gpg subkeys suffixed with an exclamation mark, which forces gpg to use a specific subkey. (Previous try had a bug.)
  • lookupkey: Support being given an absolute filename to a file within the current git repository.
  • A top-level .noannex file will prevent git-annex init from being used in a repository. This is useful for repositories that have a policy reason not to use git-annex. The content of the file will be displayed to the user who tries to run git-annex init.
Posted Thu Dec 14 15:55:14 2017

git-annex 6.20171124 released with these changes

  • Display progress meter when uploading a key without size information, getting the size by statting the content file.
  • Fix build with dns-3.0.
Posted Fri Nov 24 14:50:32 2017

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

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