git-annex pull - pull content from remotes


git annex pull [remote ...]


This command pulls content from remotes. It downloads both git repository content, and the content of annexed files. Like git pull, it merges changes into the current branch.

You can use git pull and git-annex get by hand to do the same thing as this command, but this command handles several details, including making sure that the git-annex branch is fetched from the remote.

Some special remotes contain a tree of files that can be imported, and this command can be used to pull from those remotes as well as regular git remotes. See git-annex-import(1) for details about how those special remotes work. In order for this command to import from a special remote, remote.<name>.annex-tracking-branch also must be configured, and have the same value as the currently checked out branch.

When git-annex-adjust(1) has been used to check out an adjusted branch, this command will also pull changes from the parent branch.

When git-annex-view(1) has been used to check out a view branch, this command will update the view branch to reflect any changes to the parent branch or metadata.

When git-annex-migrate(1) has been used in other repositories, this updates the content in the local repository for those migrations as well.

Normally this tries to download the content of each annexed file, from any remote that it's pulling from that has a copy. To control which files it downloads, configure the preferred content of the local repository. It will also drop files from a remote that are not preferred content of the remote. See git-annex-preferred-content(1).


  • [remote]

    By default this command pulls from all available remotes, except for remotes that have remote.<name>.annex-pull (or remote.<name>.annex-sync) set to false.

    By specifying the names of remotes (or remote groups), you can control which ones to pull from.

  • --fast

    Only pull with the remotes with the lowest annex-cost value configured.

    When a list of remotes (or remote groups) is provided, it picks from among those, otherwise it picks from among all remotes.

  • --only-annex -a, --not-only-annex

    Only pull the git-annex branch and annexed content from remotes, not other git branches.

    The annex.synconlyannex configuration can be set to true to make this be the default behavior. To override such a setting, use --not-only-annex.

    When this is combined with --no-content, only the git-annex branch will be pulled.

  • --no-content, -g, --content

    Use --no-content or -g to avoid downloading (and dropping) the content of annexed files, and also prevent doing any migrations of content.

    If you often use --no-content, you can set the annex.synccontent configuration to false to prevent downloading content by default. The --content option overrides that configuration.

    To only prevent only migrations of content, you can set the annex.syncmigrations configuration to false. The --content option overrides that configuration as well.

  • --content-of=path -C path

    Only download (and drop) annexed files in the given path.

    This option can be repeated multiple times with different paths.

  • --all -A

    Usually this command operates on annexed files in the current branch. This option makes it operate on all available versions of all annexed files (when preferred content settings allow).

    Note that preferred content settings that use include= or exclude= will only match the version of files currently in the work tree, but not past versions of files.

  • --jobs=N -JN

    Enables parallel pulling with up to the specified number of jobs running at once. For example: -J10

    Setting this to "cpus" will run one job per CPU core.

    (Note that git pulls are not done in parallel because that tends to be less efficient.)

  • --allow-unrelated-histories, --no-allow-unrelated-histories

    Passed on to git merge, to control whether or not to merge histories that do not share a common ancestor.

  • --resolvemerge, --no-resolvemerge

    By default, merge conflicts are automatically handled by this command. When two conflicting versions of a file have been committed, both will be added to the tree, under different filenames. For example, file "foo" would be replaced with "foo.variant-A" and "foo.variant-B". (See git-annex-resolvemerge(1) for details.)

    Use --no-resolvemerge to disable this automatic merge conflict resolution. It can also be disabled by setting annex.resolvemerge to false.

  • --backend

    Specifies which key-value backend to use when importing from a special remote.

  • Also the git-annex-common-options(1) can be used.








Joey Hess

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