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git-annex 10.20220724 released with these changes

  • filter-process: Fix a bug involving handling of empty files, that caused git to kill git-annex filter-process.
  • add: Fix reversion when adding an annex link that has been moved to another directory. (Introduced in version 10.20220624)
  • Added annex.alwayscompact setting which can be unset to speed up writes to the git-annex branch in some cases. See its documentation for important notes on when it's appropariate to use.
  • adb: Added configuration setting oldandroid=true to avoid using find -printf, which was first supported in Android around 2019-2020. This may need to be enabled for old android devices that used to work without it being set, since version 10.20220222 started using find -printf.
  • --backend is no longer a global option, and is only accepted by commands that actually need it.
  • Improve handling of parallelization with -J when copying content from/to a git remote that is a local path.
  • S3: Avoid writing or checking the uuid file in the S3 bucket when importtree=yes or exporttree=yes.
  • Fix a reversion that prevented --batch commands (and the assistant) from noticing data written to the journal by other commands.
  • Fix building with the Assistant build flag disabled but the Webapp build flag enabled.
Posted Mon Jul 25 18:07:42 2022

git-annex 10.20220624 released with these changes

  • init: Added --no-autoenable option.
  • info: Added --autoenable option.
  • initremote: Improve handling of type=git special remotes. The location value no longer needs to match the url of an existing git remote, and locations not using ssh:// will work now, including both paths and host:/path
  • Fix retrival of an empty file that is stored in a special remote with chunking enabled. (Fixes a reversion in 8.20201103)
  • move: Improve resuming a move that succeeded in transferring the content, but where dropping failed due to eg a network problem, in cases where numcopies checks prevented the resumed move from dropping the object from the source repository.
  • add, fix, lock, rekey: When several files were being processed, replacing an annex symlink of a file that was already processed with a new large file could sometimes cause that large file to be added to git. These races have been fixed.
  • add: Also fix a similar race that could cause a large file be added to git when a small file was modified or overwritten while it was being added.
  • add --batch: Fix handling of a file that is skipped due to being gitignored.
Posted Thu Jun 23 17:59:55 2022

git-annex 10.20220525 released with these changes

  • Special remotes with importtree=yes or exporttree=yes are once again treated as untrusted, since files stored in them can be deleted or modified at any time. (Fixes a reversion in 8.20201129)
  • Added support for "megabit" and related bandwidth units in annex.stalldetection and everywhere else that git-annex parses data units. Note that the short form is "Mbit" not "Mb" because that differs from "MB" only in case, and git-annex parses units case-insensitively.
  • Special remotes using exporttree=yes and/or importtree=yes now checksum content while it is being retrieved, instead of in a separate pass at the end.
  • fsck: Fix situations where the annex object file is stored in a directory structure other than where annex symlinks point to.
  • Deal with git's recent changes to fix CVE-2022-24765, which prevent using git in a repository owned by someone else.
  • Improve an error message displayed in that situation.
  • Prevent git-annex init incorrectly reinitializing the repository in that situation.
  • test: When limiting tests to run with -p, work around tasty limitation by automatically including dependent tests.
Posted Wed May 25 18:01:45 2022

git-annex 10.20220504 released with these changes

  • Ignore annex.numcopies set to 0 in gitattributes or git config, or by git-annex numcopies or by --numcopies, since that configuration would make git-annex easily lose data. Same for mincopies.
  • assistant: When annex.autocommit is set, notice commits that the user makes manually, and push them out to remotes promptly.
  • multicast: Support uftp 5.0 by switching from aes256-cbc to aes256-gcm.
  • Fix test failure on NFS when cleaning up gpg temp directory.
  • Fix a build failure with ghc 9.2.2. Thanks, gnezdo for the patch.
  • rsync 3.2.4 broke backwards-compatability by preventing exposing filenames to the shell. Made the rsync and gcrypt special remotes detect this and disable shellescape. Closes: #1010397
  • repair: Avoid treating refs/annex/last-index or other refs that are not commit objects as evidence of repository corruption.
Posted Wed May 4 15:48:58 2022

git-annex 10.20220322 released with these changes

  • Directory special remotes with importtree=yes have changed to once more take inodes into account. This will cause extra work when importing from a directory on a FAT filesystem that changes inodes on every mount. To avoid that extra work, set ignoreinodes=yes when initializing a new directory special remote, or change the configuration of your existing remote: git-annex enableremote foo ignoreinodes=yes
  • add: Avoid unncessarily converting a newly unlocked file to be stored in git when it is not modified, even when annex.largefiles does not match it.
  • The above change to add fixes a reversion in version 10.20220222, where git-annex unlock followed by git-annex add, followed by git commit file could result in git thinking the file was modified after the commit.
  • Detect when an unlocked file whose content is not present has gotten some other content appended to it, and avoid treating it as a pointer file, so that appended content will not be checked into git, but will be annexed like any other file.
  • smudge: Warn when encountering a pointer file that has other content appended to it.
  • When annex.freezecontent-command is set, and the filesystem does not support removing write bits, avoid treating it as a crippled filesystem.
  • Run annex.thawcontent-command before deleting an object file, in case annex.freezecontent-command did something that would prevent deletion.
  • Fix propagation of nonzero exit status from git ls-files when a specified file does not exist, or a specified directory does not contain any files checked into git.
  • Fix build with aeson 2.0. Thanks, sternenseemann for the patch.
  • Avoid git-annex test being very slow when run from within the standalone linux tarball or OSX app.
  • test: Runs tests in parallel to speed up the test suite.
  • test: Added --jobs option.
  • Removed vendored copy of http-client-restricted, and removed the HttpClientRestricted build flag that avoided that dependency.
  • Removed the NetworkBSD build flag.
Posted Tue Mar 22 17:56:57 2022

Similar to the yearly git user survey, there is a 2018 git-annex user survey.

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

Since git-annex is seeing increasing use to manage scientific data, the survey also includes some extra questions about that at the end.

Posted Sat Dec 1 15:46:38 2018

git-annex 6.20180626 is an important security fix release.

See the advisory for details about the security holes fixed in this release.

After upgrading git-annex, you should restart any git-annex assistant processes.

Several changes to git-annex's behavior had to be made as part of the security fixes:

  • A security fix has changed git-annex to refuse to download content from some special remotes when the content cannot be verified with a hash check. In particular URL and WORM keys stored on such remotes won't be downloaded. See the documentation of the configuration for how to deal with this if it affects your files.

  • A security fix has changed git-annex to only support http, https, and ftp URL schemes by default. You can enable other URL schemes, at your own risk, using

  • A related security fix prevents git-annex from connecting to http servers (and proxies) on localhost or private networks. This can be overridden, at your own risk, using

  • Setting annex.web-options no longer is enough to make curl be used, and youtube-dl is also no longer used by default. See the documentation of for details and how to enable them.

  • The annex.web-download-command configuration has been removed, use annex.web-options instead.

Posted Tue Jun 26 16:00:19 2018

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