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Module documentation for 6.20171214

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git-annex allows managing files with git, without checking the file
contents into git. While that may seem paradoxical, it is useful when
dealing with files larger than git can currently easily handle, whether due
to limitations in memory, checksumming time, or disk space.

For documentation, see doc/ or <>


git-annex (7.20190322) upstream; urgency=medium

* New feature allows importing from special remotes, using
git annex import branch:subdir --from remote
* Directory special remote supports being configured with importree=yes,
to allow git-annex import of files from the directory. This can be
combined with exporttree=yes and git-annex export used to send changes
back to the same directory.
* Remote tracking branches are updated when importing and exporting to
special remotes, in ways analagous to how git fetch and git push do.
* export: Deprecated the --tracking option.
Instead, users can configure remote.<name>.annex-tracking-branch
* sync --content: When remote.<name>.annex-tracking-branch is configured,
import from special remotes.
* sync, assistant: --no-push and remote.<name>.annex-push prevent exporting
trees to special remotes.
* Fix storage of metadata values containing newlines.
(Reversion introduced in version 7.20190122.)
* Sped up git-annex export in repositories with lots of keys.
* S3: Support enabling bucket versioning when built with aws-0.21.1.
* stack.yaml: Build with aws-0.21.1
* Fix cleanup of git-annex:export.log after git-annex forget --drop-dead.
* Makefile: Added install-home target which installs git-annex into
the HOME directory.
* addurl --file: Fix a bug that made youtube-dl be used unneccessarily
when adding an html url that does not contain any media.
* Add -- before %f in the smudge/clean filter configuration,
to support filenames starting with dashes.
(To update the config of existing repositories, you can
re-run git-annex init.)
* fsck: Detect situations where annex.thin has caused data loss
to the content of locked files.
* Removed bundled gpg from the Linux standalone build and OSX dmg,
because gpg now always wants to use gpg-agent, and shipping such a daemon
in those is not a good idea.
* import: Let --force overwrite symlinks, not only regular files.
* Android: Fix typo of name of armv7l in installation script.
Thanks, 4omecha.
* S3: Added protocol= initremote setting, to allow https to be used
on a non-standard port.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:56:51 -0400

git-annex (7.20190219) upstream; urgency=medium

* init: Fix bug when direct mode needs to be enabled on a crippled
filesystem, that left the repository in indirect mode.
* Fix false positive in export conflict detection, that occurred
when the same tree was exported by multiple clones. Previous fix was
* When key-based retrieval from a S3 remote with exporttree=yes appendonly=yes
fails, fall back to trying to retrieve from the exported tree.
This allows downloads of files that were exported to such a remote
before versioning was enabled on it.
* Fix path separator bug on Windows that completely broke git-annex
since version 7.20190122.
* Improved speed of S3 remote by only loading S3 creds once.
* Display progress bar when getting files from export remotes.
* Fix race in cleanup of othertmp directory that could result in a failure
attempting to access it.
* fromkey: Made idempotent.
* fromkey: Added --json.
* fromkey --batch output changed to support using it with --json.
The old output was not parseable for any useful information, so
this is not expected to break anything.
* Avoid performing repository fixups for submodules and git-worktrees
when there's a .noannex file that will prevent git-annex from being
used in the repository.
* init: Don't let --force be used to override a .noannex file,
instead the user can just delete the file.
* webdav: Exporting files with '#' or '?' in their name won't work because
urls get truncated on those. Fail in a better way in this case,
and avoid failing when removing such files from the export, so
after the user has renamed the problem files the export will succeed.
* On Windows, avoid using rsync for local copies, since rsync is not
always available there.
* Added NetworkBSD build flag to deal with Network.BSD moving to a new

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:12:45 -0400

git-annex (7.20190129) upstream; urgency=medium

* initremote S3: When configured with versioning=yes, either ask the user
to enable bucket versioning, or auto-enable it when built with aws-0.22.
* enableremote S3: Do not let versioning=yes be set on existing remote,
because when git-annex lacks S3 version IDs for files stored in
the bucket, deleting them would cause data loss.
* S3: Detect when version=yes but an exported file lacks a S3 version ID,
and refuse to delete it, to avoid data loss.
* S3: Send a Content-Type header when storing objects in S3,
so exports to public buckets can be linked to from web pages.
(When git-annex is built with MagicMime support.)

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:09:20 -0400

git-annex (7.20190122) upstream; urgency=medium

* sync --content: Fix dropping unwanted content from the local repository.
* sync --content: Support dropping local content that has reached an
exporttree remote that is not untrusted (currently only S3 remotes
with versioning).
* init: When --version=5 is passed on a crippled filesystem,
use a v5 direct mode repo as requested, rather than upgrading to v7
adjusted unlocked. (Fixes test suite on crippled filesystems.)
* Some optimisations, including a 10x faster timestamp parser,
a 7x faster key parser, and improved parsing and serialization of
git-annex branch data. Many commands will run 5-15% faster.
* Stricter parser for keys doesn't allow doubled fields or out of order fields.
* The benchmark command, which only had some old benchmarking of the sqlite
databases before, now allows benchmarking any other git-annex commands.
* Support being built with ghc 8.6.3 (MonadFail).
* Removed old code that cleaned up after a bug in git-annex versions
3.20111105-3.20111110. In the unlikely event that a repo was
last touched by that ancient git-annex version, the descriptions
of remotes would appear missing when used with this version of
* Improve uuid.log parser to preserve whitespace in repo descriptions.
* Improve activity.log parser to not remove unknown values,
allowing for future expansion.
* addunused, merge, assistant: Avoid creating work tree files in
subdirectories in an edge case where the key contains "/".
* testremote: Support testing readonly remotes with the --test-readonly option.
* Switch to using .git/annex/othertmp for tmp files other than partial
downloads, and make stale files left in that directory when git-annex
is interrupted be cleaned up promptly by subsequent git-annex processes.
* The .git/annex/misctmp directory is no longer used and git-annex will
delete anything lingering in there after it's 1 week old.
* Estimated time to completion display shortened from eg "1h1m1s" to "1h1m".
* Fix doubled progress display when downloading an url when -J is used.
* unused: Update suggested git log message to see where data was previously
used so it will also work with v7 unlocked pointer files.
* importfeed: Better error message when downloading the feed fails.
* Make test suite work better when the temp directory is on NFS.
* webapp: Remove configurator for repository, since their
webdav support is going away at the end of this January.
* webapp: Remove configurator for gitlab, which stopped supporting git-annex
some time ago.
* Android: For armv71 architecture, use the armel build.
* Windows: If 64 bit git is installed, use it when installing git-annex.
(However, rsync still won't work and this is still not the documented way
to install it.)

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:25:26 -0400

git-annex (7.20181211) upstream; urgency=medium

* S3: Improve diagnostics when a remote is configured with exporttree and
versioning, but no S3 version id has been recorded for a key.
* findref: Support file matching options: --include, --exclude,
--want-get, --want-drop, --largerthan, --smallerthan, --accessedwithin
* Commands supporting --branch now apply file matching options --include,
--exclude, --want-get, --want-drop to filenames from the branch.
Previously, combining --branch with those would fail to match anything.
* add, import, findref: Support --time-limit.
* Add --branch option to git-annex find and mildly deprecate findref in
favor of it.
* webdav: When initializing, avoid trying to make a directory at the top of
the webdav server, which could never accomplish anything and failed on
nextcloud servers. (Reversion introduced in version 6.20170925.)
* Fix a case where upgrade to v7 caused git to think that unlocked files
were modified.
* Fix bug upgrading from direct mode to v7: when files in the repository
were already committed as v7 unlocked files elsewhere, and the
content was present in the direct mode repository, the annexed files
got their full content checked into git.
* Fix bug that caused v7 unlocked files in a direct mode repository
to get locked when committing.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:33:10 -0400

git-annex (7.20181205) upstream; urgency=medium

* Make bittorrent special remote work w/o btshowmetainfo installed
when it was build with torrentparser.
Thanks, Robert Schütz
* When running youtube-dl to get a filename, pass --no-playlist.
* Fix build without concurrent-output.
* init: When a crippled filesystem causes an adjusted unlocked branch to
be used, set repo version to 7, which it neglected to do before.
* init: When on a crippled filesystem, and the git version is too old
to use an adjusted unlocked branch, fall back to using direct mode.
* info: When used with an exporttree remote, includes an "exportedtree"
info, which is the tree last exported to the remote. During an export
conflict, multiple values will be listed.
* dropunused: When an unused object file has gotten modified, eg due to
annex.thin being set, don't silently skip it, but display a warning
and let --force drop it.
* annex.cachecreds: New config to allow disabling of credentials caching
for special remotes.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:02:27 -0400

git-annex (7.20181121) upstream; urgency=medium

* git-annex-shell: Fix hang when transferring the same objects to two
different clients at the same time. (Or when annex.pidlock is used,
two different objects.)
* Fixed some other potential hangs in the P2P protocol.
* Fix bash completion of "git annex" to propertly handle files with
spaces and other problem characters. (Completion of "git-annex"
already did.)
* Fix resume of download of url when the whole file content is
already actually downloaded.
* When an export conflict prevents accessing a special remote,
be clearer about what the problem is and how to resolve it.
* export, sync --content: Avoid unnecessarily trying to upload files
to an exporttree remote that already contains the files.
* smudge: When passed a file located outside the working tree, eg by git
diff, avoid erroring out.
* drop -J: Avoid processing the same key twice at the same time when
multiple annexed files use it.
* When a command is operating on multiple files and there's an error
with one, try harder to continue to the rest. (As was already done
for many types of errors including IO errors.)
* Fixed a crash when using -J with ssh password prompts in
--quiet/--json mode.
Thanks to Yaroslav Halchenko and the DataLad&ReproNim team for
helping to track down this bug.
* Remove esqueleto dependency to allow upgrading other dependencies to
newer versions.
Thanks Sean Parsons.
* Fix build with persistent-sqlite older than 2.6.3.
* Updated stack.yaml to lts-12.19; added stack-lts-9.9.yaml
to support old versions of stack.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:22:47 -0400

git-annex (7.20181105) upstream; urgency=medium

* Fix test suite failure when git-annex test is not run inside a git
* Fix a P2P protocol hang.
* importfeed: Avoid erroring out when a feed has been repeatedly broken,
as that can leave other imported files not checked into git.
* Increase minimum QuickCheck version.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:31:09 -0400

git-annex (7.20181031) upstream; urgency=medium

* Added v7 repository mode. v6 upgrades automatically to v7, but
v5 is still the default for now. While v6 was always experimental
to some degree, its successor v7 is ready for production use!
* Direct mode repositories are deprecated; they have many problems
that v7 fixes, so upgrading them now is recommended (but not yet
required): git annex upgrade --version=7
* init: When in a crippled filesystem, initialize a v7 repository
using an adjusted unlocked branch, instead of a direct mode repository.
* At long last there's a way to hide annexed files whose content
is missing from the working tree: git-annex adjust --hide-missing
* When already in an adjusted branch, running git-annex adjust
again will update the branch as needed. This is mostly
useful with --hide-missing to hide/unhide files after their content
has been dropped or received.
* git-annex sync --content supports --hide-missing; it can
be used to get the content of hidden files, and it updates the
adjusted branch to hide/unhide files as necessary.
* smudge: The smudge filter no longer provides git with annexed
file content, to avoid a git memory leak, and because that did not
honor annex.thin. Now git annex smudge --update has to be run
after a checkout to update unlocked files in the working tree
with annexed file contents.
* v7 init, upgrade: Install git post-checkout and post-merge hooks that run
git annex smudge --update.
* precommit: Run git annex smudge --update, because the post-merge
hook is not run when there is a merge conflict. So the work tree will
be updated when a commit is made to resolve the merge conflict.
* Note that git has no hooks run after git stash or git cherry-pick,
so the user will have to manually run git annex smudge --update
after such commands.
* Removed the old Android app.
* Removed support for building with very old ghc < 8.0.1,
and with yesod < 1.4.3, and without concurrent-output,
which were only being used for the Android cross build.
* Webapp: Fix termux detection.
* runshell: Use system locales when built with
GIT_ANNEX_PACKAGE_INSTALL set. (For Neurodebian packages.)
* Fix database inconsistency that could cause git-annex to
get confused about whether a locked file's content was present.
* Fix concurrency bug that occurred on the first download from an
exporttree remote.
* init --version=6 will still work, but the repository is auto-upgraded
immediately to v7.
* When annex.thin is set, allow hard links to be made between executable
work tree files and annex objects.
* addurl: Removed undocumented special case in handling of a CHECKURL-MULTI
response with only a single file listed. Rather than ignoring the url that
was in the response, use it.
* webapp: Fixed a crash when adding a git remote.
(Reversion introduced in version 6.20180112)
* migrate: Fix failure to migrate from URL keys.
(Reversion introduced in version 6.20180926)
* Cache high-resolution mtimes for improved detection of modified files
in v7 (and direct mode).

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 09:21:50 -0400

git-annex (6.20181011) upstream; urgency=medium

* sync: Warn when a remote's export is not updated to the current
tree because export tracking is not configured.
* Improve display when git config download from a http remote fails.
* Added setting, which is like using the -J option.
* Fix reversion in support of annex.web-options.
* rmurl: Fix a case where removing the last url left git-annex thinking
content was still present in the web special remote.
used to update the presence information of the external special remote
that called them; this was not documented behavior and is no longer done.
* export: Fix false positive in export conflict detection, that occurred
when the same tree was exported by multiple clones.
* Fix potential crash in exporttree database due to failure to honor
uniqueness constraint.
* Fix crash when exporttree is set to a bad value.
* Linux standalone: Avoid using bundled cp before envionment is fully set up.
* Added arm64 Linux standalone build.
* Improved termux installation process.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:41:10 -0400

git-annex (6.20180926) upstream; urgency=medium

[ Joey Hess ]
* Fixes a reversion in the last release that broke interoperation with
older versions of git-annex-shell.
* init: Improve generated post-receive hook, so it won't fail when
run on a system whose git-annex is too old to support git-annex post-receive
* init: Update the post-receive hook when re-run in an existing repository.
* S3: Fix url construction bug when the publicurl has been set to an url
that does not end with a slash.
* --debug shows urls accessed by git-annex, like it used to do when
git-annex used wget and curl.
* Fix support for filenames containing newlines when querying git
cat-file, though less efficiently than other filenames.
This should make git-annex fully support filenames containing newlines
as the rest of git's interface is used in newline-safe ways.
* Added -z option to git-annex commands that use --batch, useful for
supporting filenames containing newlines.
* Added annex.maxextensionlength for use cases where extensions longer
than 4 characters are needed.
* Added, a
per-remote setting for
* More FreeBSD build fixes.

[ Yaroslav Halchenko ]
* debian/control
+ add netbase to Depends: since required for basic tcp interactions
(see e.g.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:56:49 -0400

git-annex (6.20180913) upstream; urgency=medium

* When --batch is used with matching options like --in, --metadata,
etc, only operate on the provided files when they match those options.
Otherwise, a blank line is output in the batch protocol.
Affected commands: find, add, whereis, drop, copy, move, get
* Make metadata --batch combined with matching options refuse to run,
since it does not seem worth supporting that combination.
* v6 add: Take advantage of improved SIGPIPE handler in git 2.5 to
speed up the clean filter by not reading the file content from the
pipe. This also avoids git buffering the whole file content in memory.
* v6: After updating the worktree for an add/drop, update git's index,
so git status will not show the files as modified.
* v6: When annex.largefiles is not configured for a file, running git
add or git commit, or otherwise using git to stage a file
will add it to the annex if the file was in the annex before,
and to git otherwise. This is to avoid accidental conversion.
Note that git-annex add's behavior has not changed.
* v6: Update associated files database when git has staged changes
to pointer files.
* v6: Fix some race conditions.
* v6: Fix annex object file permissions when git-annex add is run
on a modified unlocked file, and in some related cases.
* v6: When a file is unlocked but has not been modified,
and the unlocking is only staged, git-annex add did not lock it.
Now it will, for consistency with how modified files are handled and
with v5.
* Fix git command queue to be concurrency safe.
* linux standalone: When LOCPATH is already set, use it instead of the
bundled locales. It can be set to an empty string to use the system
locales too.
* Stop using external hash programs, since cryptonite is faster.
* Fix build on FreeBSD.
* S3: Support buckets with versioning enabled. When a remote
is configured with exporttree=yes versioning=yes, git-annex can
download past versions of exported files from it.
* S3: Multipart uploads are now only supported when git-annex is built
with aws-0.16.0 or later, as earlier versions of the library don't
support versioning with multipart uploads.
* Don't use GIT_PREFIX when GIT_WORK_TREE=. because it seems git
does not intend GIT_WORK_TREE to be relative to GIT_PREFIX in that
case, despite GIT_WORK_TREE=.. being relative to GIT_PREFIX.
* Don't use GIT_PREFIX to fix up a relative GIT_DIR, because
git 2.11 sets GIT_PREFIX to a path it's not relative to.
and apparently GIT_DIR is never relative to GIT_PREFIX.
* git-annex.cabal: Fix build without assistant, and some other refinements.
Thanks fftehnik.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:50:38 -0400

git-annex (6.20180807) upstream; urgency=medium

* S3: Support credential-less download from remotes configured
with public=yes exporttree=yes.
* Fix reversion in display of http 404 errors.
* Added config that can be used to
make cache remotes.
* Added --accessedwithin matching option.
* Added annex.commitmessage config that can specify a commit message
for the git-annex branch instead of the usual "update".
* Fix wrong sorting of remotes when using -J, it was sorting by uuid,
rather than cost.
* addurl: Include filename in --json-progress output.
* Fix git-annex branch data loss that could occur after
git-annex forget --drop-dead.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:22:05 -0400

git-annex (6.20180719) upstream; urgency=medium

* Support working trees set up by git-worktree.
* Improve support for repositories created with --separate-git-dir.
* Support configuring remote.web.annex-cost and remote.bittorrent.annex-cost
* addurl: When security configuration prevents downloads with youtube-dl,
still check if the url is one that it supports, and fail downloading
it, instead of downloading the raw web page.
* Send User-Agent and any configured annex.http-headers when downloading
with http, fixes reversion introduced when switching to http-client.
* Fix reversion introduced in version 6.20180316 that caused git-annex to
stop processing files when unable to contact a ssh remote.
* v6: Work around git bug that runs smudge/clean filters at the top of the
repository while passing them a relative GIT_WORK_TREE that may point
outside of the repository, by using GIT_PREFIX to get back to the
subdirectory where a relative GIT_WORK_TREE is valid.
* p2p --pair: Fix interception of the magic-wormhole pairing code,
which since 0.8.2 it has sent to stderr rather than stdout.
* info: Display uuid and description when a repository is identified by
uuid, and for "here".
* unused --from: Allow specifiying a repository by uuid or description.
* linux standalone: Generate locale files in ~/.cache/git-annex/locales/
so they're available even when the standalone tarball is installed
in a directory owned by root. Note that this prevents using the
standalone bundle in environments where HOME is not writable.
* Include uname command in standalone builds since git-annex uses it.
* git-annex.cabal: Fix network version.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:53:45 -0400

git-annex (6.20180626) upstream; urgency=high

Security fix release for CVE-2018-10857 and CVE-2018-10859

* Refuse to download content, that cannot be verified with a hash,
from encrypted special remotes (for CVE-2018-10859),
and from all external special remotes and glacier (for CVE-2018-10857).
In particular, URL and WORM keys stored on such remotes won't
be downloaded. If this affects your files, you can run
`git-annex migrate` on the affected files, to convert them
to use a hash.
* Added, which can override
the above.
* Added setting, which defaults
to only allowing http, https, and ftp URLs. Note especially that file:/
is no longer enabled by default.
* Removed annex.web-download-command, since its interface does not allow
supporting across redirects.
If you used this setting, you may want to instead use annex.web-options
to pass options to curl.
* git-annex will refuse to download content from http servers on
localhost, or any private IP addresses, to prevent accidental
exposure of internal data. This can be overridden with the setting.
* Local http proxies will not be used unless allowed by the setting.
* Since the interfaces to curl and youtube-dl do not have a way to
prevent them from accessing localhost or private IP addresses,
they default to not being used for url downloads.
Only when will curl and
youtube-dl be used.

Non-security fix changes:

* Fix build with ghc 8.4+, which broke due to the Semigroup Monoid change.
* version: Show operating system and repository version list
when run outside a git repo too.
* Fix annex-checkuuid implementation, so that remotes configured that
way can be used.
* Fix problems accessing repositories over http when annex.tune.*
is configured.
* External special remotes can now add info to `git annex info $remote`,
by replying to the GETINFO message.
* adb: Android serial numbers are not all 16 characters long, so accept
other lengths.
* Display error messages that come from git-annex-shell when the p2p
protocol is used, so that diskreserve messages, IO errors, etc from
the remote side are visible again.
* When content has been lost from an export remote and
git-annex fsck --from remote has noticed it's gone, re-running
git-annex export or git-annex sync --content will re-upload it.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:36:22 -0400

git-annex (6.20180529) upstream; urgency=medium

* Prevent haskell http-client from decompressing gzip files, so downloads
of such files works the same as it used to with wget and curl.
* Workaround for bug in an old version of cryptonite that broke https
downloads, by using curl for downloads when git-annex is built with it.
* view, vadd: Fix crash when a git submodule has a name starting with a dot.
* Don't allow entering a view with staged or unstaged changes.
* move: --force was accidentially enabling two unrelated behaviors
since 6.20180427. The older behavior, which has never been well
documented and seems almost entirely useless, has been removed.
* copy: --force no longer does anything.
* migrate: Fix bug in migration between eg SHA256 and SHA256E,
that caused the extension to be included in SHA256 keys,
and omitted from SHA256E keys.
(Bug introduced in version 6.20170214)
* migrate: Check for above bug when migrating from SHA256 to SHA256
(and same for SHA1 to SHA1 etc), and remove the extension that should
not be in the SHA256 key.
* fsck: Detect and warn when keys need an upgrade, either to fix up
from the above migrate bug, or to add missing size information
(a long ago transition), or because of a few other past key related
* git-annex-shell: GIT_ANNEX_SHELL_APPENDONLY makes it allow writes,
but not deletion of annexed content. Note that securing pushes to
the git repository is left up to the user.
* setpresentkey: Added --batch support.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 29 May 2018 13:05:26 -0400

git-annex (6.20180509) upstream; urgency=medium

* The old git-annex Android app is now deprecated in favor of running
git-annex in termux.
* runshell: Use proot when running on Android, to work around
Android 8's ill-advised seccomp filtering of system calls,
including ones crucial for reliable thread locking.
(This will only work with termux's version of proot.)
* Fix bug in last release that crashes when using
--all or running git-annex in a bare repository. May have also
affected git-annex unused and git-annex info.
* Fix bug in last release that prevented the webapp opening on
non-Linux systems.
* Support building with hinotify-0.3.10.
* Display error message when http download fails.
* Avoid forward retry when 0 bytes were received.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 09 May 2018 16:20:26 -0400

git-annex (6.20180427) upstream; urgency=medium

* move: Now takes numcopies configuration, and required content
configuration into account, and refuses to reduce the current
number of copies of a file, or remove content that a repository
requires. --force can override these checks.
Note that it's still allowed to move the content of a file
from one repository to another when numcopies is not satisfied, as long
as the move does not result in there being fewer copies.
* Fix mangling of --json output of utf-8 characters when not
running in a utf-8 locale.
* Fix build with yesod 1.6.
* Clean up some build warnings with newer versions of ghc and haskell
* runshell: Unset LD_PRELOAD since preloaded libraries from the host
system may not get along with the bundled linker.
* runshell: Added some tweaks to make git-annex work in termux on
Android. The regular arm standalone tarball now works in termux.
* Webapp: Support being run inside termux on Android, and offer to set up
a repository on the sdcard.
* Assistant: Integrate with Termux:Boot, so when it's installed, the
assistant is autostarted on boot.
* Assistant: Fix installation of menus, icons, etc when run
from within runshell.
* import: Avoid buffering all filenames to be imported in memory.
* Improve memory use and speed of --all and git-annex info remote,
by not buffering list of all keys.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:36:20 -0400

git-annex (6.20180409) upstream; urgency=medium

* Added adb special remote which allows exporting files to Android devices.
* For url downloads, git-annex now defaults to using a http library,
rather than wget or curl. But, if annex.web-options is set, it will
use curl. To use the .netrc file, run:
git config annex.web-options --netrc
* git-annex no longer uses wget (and wget is no longer shipped with
git-annex builds).
* Enable HTTP connection reuse across multiple files for improved speed.
* Fix calculation of estimated completion for progress meter.
* OSX app: Work around libz/libPng/ImageIO.framework version skew
by not bundling libz, assuming OSX includes a suitable libz.1.dylib.
* Added annex.retry, annex.retry-delay, and per-remote versions
to configure transfer retries.
* Also do forward retrying in cases where no exception is thrown,
but the transfer failed.
* When adding a new version of a file, and annex.genmetadata is enabled,
don't copy the data metadata from the old version of the file,
instead use the mtime of the file.
* Avoid running annex.http-headers-command more than once.
* info: Added "combined size of repositories containing these files"
stat when run on a directory.
* info: Changed sorting of numcopies stats table, so it's ordered
by the variance from the desired number of copies.
* Fix resuming a download when using curl.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:03:15 -0400

git-annex (6.20180316) upstream; urgency=medium

* New protocol for communicating with git-annex-shell increases speed
of operations involving ssh remotes. When not transferring large files,
git-annex is between 200% and 400% faster using the new protocol,
and it's just as fast as before when transferring large files.
(When the remote has an old git-annex-shell, git-annex falls back
to the old slower code. This fallback is planned to be removed
after 5 years or so.)
* Note that, due to not using rsync to transfer files over ssh
any longer, permissions and other file metadata of annexed files
will no longer be preserved when copying them to and from ssh remotes.
Other remotes never supported preserving that information, so
this is not considered a regression.
* Fix data loss bug in content locking over tor, when the remote
repository is in direct mode, it neglected to check that the content
was actually present when locking it. This could cause git annex drop
to remove the only copy of a file when it thought the tor remote had
a copy.
* Fix data loss bug when the local repository uses direct mode, and a
locally modified file is dropped from a remote repsitory. The bug
caused the modified file to be counted as a copy of the original file.
(This is not a severe bug because in such a situation, dropping
from the remote and then modifying the file is allowed and has the same
end result.)
* Some downloads will be verified, even when annex.verify=false.
This is done in some edge cases where there's a likelyhood than an
object was downloaded incorrectly.
* Support exporttree=yes for rsync special remotes.
* Added backends for the BLAKE2 family of hashes, when built with
a new enough version of cryptonite.
* Improve SHA*E extension extraction code to not treat parts of the
filename that contain punctuation or other non-alphanumeric characters
as extensions. Before, such characters were filtered out.
* Better ssh connection warmup when using -J for concurrency.
Avoids ugly messages when forced ssh command is not git-annex-shell.
* Fix race condition in ssh warmup that caused git-annex to get
stuck and never process some files when run with high levels of
* Fix reversion introduced in 6.20171214 that caused concurrent
transfers to incorrectly fail with "transfer already in progress".
* Note that Remote/Git.hs now contains AGPL licensed code,
thus the license of git-annex as a whole is AGPL. This was already
the case when git-annex was built with the webapp enabled.
* Include amount of data transferred in progress display.
* Dial back optimisation when building on arm, which prevents
ghc and llc from running out of memory when optimising some files.
(Unfortunately this fix is incomplete due to a ghc bug.)

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:10:40 -0400

git-annex (6.20180227) upstream; urgency=medium

* inprogress: Avoid showing failures for files not in progress.
* Added INFO to external special remote protocol.
* Added EXTENSIONS to external special remote protocol.
* datalad < 0.9.1 had a problem in its special remote protocol handling
which is broken by EXTENSIONS. Make the debian git-annex package
conflict with the problem version of datalad.
* fsck: Warn when required content is not present in the repository that
requires it.
* Add gpg-agent to Build-Depends.
Needed to run the test suite.
* --json: When there are multiple lines of notes about a file, make the note
field multiline, rather than the old behavior of only including the
last line.
* git-annex.cabal: Once more try to not build the assistant on the hurd,
hopefully hackage finally recognises that OS.
* Split Test.hs and avoid optimising it much, to need less memory to
* Fix behavior of --json-progress followed by --json, the latter option
used to disable the former.
* Added --json-error-messages option, which makes messages
that would normally be output to standard error be included in
the json output.
* Remove temporary code added in 6.20160619 to prime the mergedrefs
* importfeed: Fix a failure when downloading with youtube-dl
and the destination subdirectory does not exist yet.
* Added annex.merge-annex-branches config setting which
can be used to disable automatic merge of git-annex branches.
* tips/automatically_adding_metadata/pre-commit-annex: Fix to not
silently skip filenames containing non-ascii characters.
* sync: Fix bug that prevented pulling changes into direct mode
repositories that were committed to remotes using git commit
rather than git-annex sync.
* Makefile: Remove chrpath workaround for bug in cabal,
which is no longer needed.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:04:52 -0400

git-annex (6.20180112) upstream; urgency=medium

* Added inprogress command for accessing files as they are being
* Fix bug introduced in version 6.20171018 that caused some commands
to print out "ok" twice after processing a file.
* addurl: When the file youtube-dl will download is already an annexed
file, don't download it again and fail to overwrite it, instead just do
nothing, like it used to when quvi was used.
* addurl: Fix encoding of filename queried from youtube-dl when in
--fast mode.
* Fix several places where files in .git/annex/ were written with modes
that did not take the core.sharedRepository config into account.
* Improve startup time for commands that do not operate on remotes,
and for tab completion, by not unnessessarily statting paths to
remotes, which used to cause eg, spin-up of removable drives.
* Added remote.<name>.annex-checkuuid config, which can be set to false
to disable the default checking of the uuid of remotes that point to
directories. This can be useful to avoid unncessary drive spin-ups and
* git-annex.cabal: Add back custom-setup stanza, so cabal new-build works.
* git-annex.cabal: Removed the testsuite build flag; test suite is always

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:45:48 -0400

git-annex (6.20171214) upstream; urgency=medium

* 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.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:50:48 -0400

git-annex (6.20171124) unstable; urgency=medium

* Display progress meter when uploading a key without size information,
getting the size by statting the content file.
* Fix build with dns-3.0.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:49:36 -0400

git-annex (6.20171109) unstable; urgency=medium

* 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
* 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.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:21:49 -0400

git-annex (6.20171026) unstable; urgency=medium

* 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
* Windows: Remove wget from bundle; it needs libraries that are not
included, and git for windows includes curl which git-annex will use
* Add day to metadata when annex.genmetadata is enabled.
Thanks, Sean T Parsons
* stack.yaml: Added nix packages section.
Thanks, Sean T Parsons

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:56:18 -0400

git-annex (6.20171018) unstable; urgency=medium

* 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.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:40:06 -0400

git-annex (6.20171003) unstable; urgency=medium

* 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.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:18:15 -0400

git-annex (6.20170925) unstable; urgency=medium

* 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.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:13:58 -0400

git-annex (6.20170818) unstable; urgency=high

* Security fix: Disallow hostname starting with a dash, which
would get passed to ssh and be treated an option. This could
be used by an attacker who provides a crafted repository url
to cause the victim to execute arbitrary code via -oProxyCommand.
(The same class of security hole recently affected git itself.)
* git-annex.cabal: Deal with breaking changes in Cabal 2.0.
* Fix build with QuickCheck 2.10.
* fsck: Support --json.
* move, copy: Support --batch.
* Added GIT_ANNEX_VECTOR_CLOCK environment variable, which can be used to
override the default timestamps used in log files in the git-annex
branch. This is a dangerous environment variable; use with caution.
* Fix a git-annex test failure when run on NFS due to NFS lock files
preventing directory removal.
* test: Avoid most situations involving failure to delete test
directories, by forking a worker process and only deleting the test
directory once it exits.
* Disable http-client's default 30 second response timeout when HEADing
an url to check if it exists. Some web servers take quite a long time
to answer a HEAD request.
* Added remote configuration settings annex-ignore-command and
annex-sync-command, which are dynamic equivilants of the annex-ignore
and annex-sync configurations.
* Prevent spaces from being embedded in the name of new WORM keys,
as that handing spaces in keys would complicate things like the
external special remote protocol.
* migrate: WORM keys containing spaces will be migrated to not contain
spaces anymore.
* External special remotes will refuse to operate on keys with spaces in
their names. That has never worked correctly due to the design of the
external special remote protocol. Display an error message suggesting
* Fix incorrect external special remote documentation, which said that
the filename parameter to the TRANSFER command could not contain
spaces. It can in fact contain spaces. Special remotes implementors
that relied on that may need to fix bugs in their special remotes.
* Fix the external special remotes git-annex-remote-ipfs,
git-annex-remote-torrent and the template to correctly
support filenames with spaces.
* Windows: Win32 package has subsumed Win32-extras; update dependency.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:19:06 -0400

git-annex (6.20170520) unstable; urgency=medium

* move --to=here moves from all reachable remotes to the local repository.
* initremote, enableremote: Support gpg subkeys suffixed with an
exclamation mark, which forces gpg to use a specific subkey.
* Improve progress display when watching file size, in cases where
a transfer does not resume.
* Fix transfer log file locking problem when running concurrent
* Avoid concurrent git-config setting problem when running concurrent
* metadata: When setting metadata of a file that did not exist,
no error message was displayed, unlike getting metadata and most other
git-annex commands. Fixed this oversight.
* Added annex.resolvemerge configuration, which can be set to false to
disable the usual automatic merge conflict resolution done by git-annex
sync and the assistant.
* sync: Added --no-resolvemerge option.
* Avoid error about git-annex-shell not being found when
syncing with -J with a git remote where git-annex-shell is not
* Fix bug that prevented transfer locks from working when
run on SMB or other filesystem that does not support fcntl locks
and hard links.
* assistant: Merge changes from refs/remotes/foo/master into master.
Previously, only sync branches were merged. This makes regular git push
into a repository watched by the assistant auto-merge.
* Makefile: Install completions for the fish and zsh shells
when git-annex is built with optparse-applicative-0.14.
* assistant: Don't trust OSX FSEvents's eventFlagItemModified to be called
when the last writer of a file closes it; apparently that sometimes
does not happen, which prevented files from being quickly added.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:37:16 -0400

git-annex (6.20170519) unstable; urgency=medium

* Ssh password prompting improved when using -J for concurrency.
When ssh connection caching is enabled (and when GIT_ANNEX_USE_GIT_SSH
is not set), only one ssh password prompt will be made per host, and
only one ssh password prompt will be made at a time.
* When built with concurrent-output 1.9, ssh password prompts will no
longer interfere with the -J display.
* Removed dependency on MissingH, instead depending on the split library.
* Progress is displayed for transfers of files of unknown size.
* Work around bug in git 2.13.0 involving GIT_COMMON_DIR that broke
merging changes into adjusted branches.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 19 May 2017 10:37:57 -0400

git-annex (6.20170510) unstable; urgency=medium

* When a http remote does not expose an annex.uuid config, only warn
about it once, not every time git-annex is run.
* multicast: New command, uses uftp to multicast annexed files, for eg
a classroom setting.
* Added remote.<name>.annex-push and remote.<name>.annex-pull
which can be useful to make remotes that don't get fully synced with
local changes.
* Disable git-annex's support for GIT_SSH and GIT_SSH_COMMAND, unless
GIT_ANNEX_USE_GIT_SSH=1 is also set in the environment. This is
necessary because as feared, the extra -n parameter that git-annex
passes breaks uses of these environment variables that expect exactly
the parameters that git passes.
* enableremote: When enabling a non-special remote, param=value
parameters can't be used, so error out if any are provided.
* enableremote: Fix re-enabling of special remotes that have a git
url, so that eg, encryption key changes take effect. They were silently
ignored, a reversion introduced in 6.20160527.
* gcrypt: Support re-enabling to change eg, encryption parameters.
This was never supported before.
* git annex add -u now supported, analagous to git add -u
* version: Added "dependency versions" line.
* Keys marked as dead are now skipped by --all.
* annex.backend is the new name for what was annex.backends, and takes
a single key-value backend, rather than the unncessary and confusing
list. The old option still works if set.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 10 May 2017 15:05:22 -0400

git-annex (6.20170321) unstable; urgency=medium

* Bugfix: Passing a command a filename that does not exist sometimes
did not display an error, when a path to a directory was also passed.
* status: Propigate nonzero exit code from git status.
* Linux standalone builds put the bundled ssh last in PATH,
so any system ssh will be preferred over it.
* assistant: Add 1/200th second delay between checking each file
in the full transfer scan, to avoid using too much CPU.
* get -J: Improve distribution of jobs amoung remotes when there are more
jobs than remotes.
* fsck -q: When a file has bad content, include the name of the file
in the warning message.
* Windows: Improve handling of shebang in external special remote
program, searching for the program in the PATH.
* Drop support for building with old versions of dns, http-conduit,
directory, feed, and http-types.
* Windows: Fix bug in shell script shebang lookup code that
caused a "delayed read on closed handle" error.
* git-annex-shell: Fix bug when used with a recently cloned repository,
where "merging" messages were included in the output of configlist
(and perhaps other commands) and caused a "Failed to get annex.uuid
configuration" error.
* Support GIT_SSH and GIT_SSH_COMMAND, which are handled close the same
as they are by git. However, unlike git, git-annex sometimes needs to
pass the -n parameter when using these.
* sync --content-of=path (-C path) added for when you want to sync
only some files' contents, not the whole working tree.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:27:38 -0400

git-annex (6.20170301.1) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix reversion in yesterday's release that made SHA1E and MD5E backends
not work.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:46:03 -0400

git-annex (6.20170301) unstable; urgency=medium

* No changes from 6.20170228; a new version number was needed due
to a problem with Hackage.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:06:02 -0400

git-annex (6.20170228) unstable; urgency=medium

* Cryptographically secure hashes can be forced to be used in a
repository, by setting annex.securehashesonly.
This does not prevent the git repository from containing links
to insecure hashes, but it does prevent the content of such files
from being added to .git/annex/objects by any method.
* Tighten key parser to prevent SHA1 collision attacks generating
two keys that have the same SHA1. (Only done for keys that contain
a hash). This ensures that signed git commits of annexed files
will remain secure, as long as git-annex is using a secure hashing
* fsck: Warn about any files whose content is present, that don't
use secure hashes, when annex.securehashesonly is set.
* init: When annex.securehashesonly has been set with git-annex config,
copy that value to the annex.securehashesonly git config.
* Added --securehash option to match files using a secure hash function,
and corresponding securehash preferred content expression.
* sync, merge: Fail when the current branch has no commits yet, instead
of not merging in anything from remotes and appearing to succeed.
* Run ssh with -n whenever input is not being piped into it,
to avoid it consuming stdin that it shouldn't.
This fixes git-annex-checkpresentkey --batch remote,
which didn't output results for all keys passed into it. Other
git-annex commands that communicate with a remote over ssh may also
have been consuming stdin that they shouldn't have, which could have
impacted using them in eg, shell scripts.
* sync: Improve integration with receive.denyCurrentBranch=updateInstead,
displaying error messages from the remote then it fails to update
its checked out branch.
* Added post-recieve hook, which makes updateInstead work with direct
mode and adjusted branches.
* init: Set up the post-receive hook.
* sync: When syncing with a local repository located on a crippled
filesystem, run the post-receive hook there, since it wouldn't get run
otherwise. This makes pushing to repos on FAT-formatted removable
drives update them when receive.denyCurrentBranch=updateInstead.
* config group groupwanted numcopies schedule wanted required:
Avoid displaying extraneous messages about repository auto-init,
git-annex branch merging, etc, when being used to get information.
* adjust: Fix behavior when used in a repository that contains
* Run wget with -nv instead of -q, so it will display HTTP errors.
* Run curl with -S, so HTTP errors are displayed, even when
it's otherwise silent.
* When downloading in --json or --quiet mode, use curl in preference
to wget, since curl is able to display only errors to stderr, unlike
* status: Pass --ignore-submodules=when option on to git status.
* config --set: As well as setting value in git-annex branch,
set local gitconfig. This is needed especially for
annex.securehashesonly, which is read only from local gitconfig and not
the git-annex branch.
* Removed support for building with the old cryptohash library.
Building with that library made git-annex not support SHA3; it's time
for that to always be supported in case SHA2 dominoes.
* git-annex.cabal: Make crypto-api a dependency even when built w/o
webapp and test suite.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:39:47 -0400

git-annex (6.20170214) unstable; urgency=medium

* Increase default cost for p2p remotes from 200 to 1000.
This makes git-annex prefer transferring data from special
remotes when possible.
* Remove -j short option for --json-progress; that option was already
taken for --json.
* vicfg: Include the numcopies configuation.
* config: New command for storing configuration in the git-annex branch.
* annex.autocommit can be configured via git-annex config, to control
the default behavior in all clones of a repository.
* New annex.synccontent config setting, which can be set to true to make
git annex sync default to --content. This may become the default at
some point in the future. As well as being configuable by git config,
it can be configured by git-annex config to control the default
behavior in all clones of a repository.
* stack.yaml: Update to lts-7.18.
* Some optimisations to string splitting code.
* unused: When large files are checked right into git, avoid buffering
their contents in memory.
* unused: Improved memory use significantly when there are a lot
of differences between branches.
* Wormhole pairing will start to provide an appid to wormhole on
2021-12-31. An appid can't be provided now because Debian stable is going
to ship a older version of git-annex that does not provide an appid.
Assumption is that by 2021-12-31, this version of git-annex will be
shipped in a Debian stable release. If that turns out to not be the
case, this change will need to be cherry-picked into the git-annex in
Debian stable, or its wormhole pairing will break.
* Fix build with aws 0.16. Thanks, aristidb.
* assistant: Make --autostart --foreground wait for the children it
starts. Before, the --foreground was ignored when autostarting.
* initremote: When a uuid= parameter is passed, use the specified
UUID for the new special remote, instead of generating a UUID.
This can be useful in some situations, eg when the same data can be
accessed via two different special remote backends.
* import: Changed how --deduplicate, --skip-duplicates, and
--clean-duplicates determine if a file is a duplicate.
Before, only content known to be present somewhere was considered
a duplicate. Now, any content that has been annexed before will be
considered a duplicate, even if all annexed copies of the data have
been lost.
Note that --clean-duplicates and --deduplicate still check
numcopies, so won't delete duplicate files unless there's an annexed
* import: --deduplicate and --skip-duplicates were implemented
inneficiently; they unncessarily hashed each file twice. They have
been improved to only hash once.
* import: Added --reinject-duplicates.
* Added git template directory to Linux standalone tarball and OSX
app bundle.
* Improve pid locking code to work on filesystems that don't support hard
* S3: Fix check of uuid file stored in bucket, which was not working.
* Work around sqlite's incorrect handling of umask when creating

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:22:00 -0400

git-annex (6.20170101) unstable; urgency=medium

* XMPP support has been removed from the assistant in this release.
If your repositories used XMPP to keep in sync, that will no longer
work, and you should enable some other remote to keep them in sync.
A ssh server is one way, or use the new Tor pairing feature.
* p2p --pair makes it easy to pair repositories, over Tor, using
Magic Wormhole codes to find the other repository.
* webapp: The "Share with a friend" and "Share with your other devices"
pages have been changed to pair repositories using Tor and Magic Wormhole.
* metadata --batch: Fix bug when conflicting metadata changes were
made in the same batch run.
* Pass annex.web-options to wget and curl after other options, so that
eg --no-show-progress can be set by the user to disable the default
* Revert ServerAliveInterval change in 6.20161111, which caused problems
with too many old versions of ssh and unusual ssh configurations.
It should have not been needed anyway since ssh is supposted to
have TCPKeepAlive enabled by default.
* Make all --batch input, as well as fromkey and registerurl stdin
be processed without requiring it to be in the current encoding.
* p2p: --link no longer takes a remote name, instead the --name
option can be used.
* Linux standalone: Improve generation of locale definition files,
supporting locales such as en_GB.UTF-8.
* rekey --force: Incorrectly marked the new key's content as being
present in the local repo even when it was not.
* enable-tor: Put tor sockets in /var/lib/tor-annex/, rather
than in /etc/tor/hidden_service/.
* enable-tor: No longer needs to be run as root.
* enable-tor: When run as a regular user, also tests a connection back to
the hidden service over tor.
* Support all common locations of the torrc file.
* Always use filesystem encoding for all file and handle reads and
* Fix build with directory-1.3.
* Debian: Suggest tor and magic-wormhole.
* Debian: Build webapp on armel.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:11:04 -0400

git-annex (6.20161210) unstable; urgency=medium

* Linux standalone: Updated ghc to fix its "unable to decommit memory"
bug, which may have resulted in data loss when these builds were used
with Linux kernels older than 4.5.
* enable-tor: New command, enables tor hidden service for P2P syncing.
* p2p: New command, allows linking repositories using a P2P network.
* remotedaemon: Serve tor hidden service.
* Added git-remote-tor-annex, which allows git pull and push to the tor
hidden service.
* remotedaemon: Fork to background by default. Added --foreground switch
to enable old behavior.
* addurl: Fix bug in checking annex.largefiles expressions using
largerthan, mimetype, and smallerthan; the first two always failed
to match, and the latter always matched.
* Relicense 5 source files that are not part of the webapp from AGPL to GPL.
* map: Run xdot if it's available in PATH. On OSX, the dot command
does not support graphical display, while xdot does.
* Debian: xdot is a better interactive viewer than dot, so Suggest
xdot, rather than graphviz.
* rmurl: Multiple pairs of files and urls can be provided on the
command line.
* rmurl: Added --batch mode.
* fromkey: Accept multiple pairs of files and keys.
Thanks, Daniel Brooks.
* rekey: Added --batch mode.
* add: Stage modified non-large files when running in indirect mode.
(This was already done in v6 mode and direct mode.)
* git-annex-shell, remotedaemon, git remote: Fix some memory DOS attacks.
* Fix build with http-client 0.5.
Thanks, Alper Nebi Yasak.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:56:25 -0400

git-annex (6.20161118) unstable; urgency=medium

* git-annex.cabal: Loosen bounds on persistent to allow 2.5, which
on Debian has been patched to work with esqueleto.
This may break cabal's resolver on non-Debian systems;
if so, either use stack to build, or run cabal with
--constraint='persistent =='
Hopefully this mess with esqueleto will be resolved soon.
* sync: Pass --allow-unrelated-histories to git merge when used with git
git 2.9.0 or newer. This makes merging a remote into a freshly created
direct mode repository work the same as it works in indirect mode.
* Avoid backtraces on expected failures when built with ghc 8;
only use backtraces for unexpected errors.
* fsck --all --from was checking the existence and content of files
in the local repository, rather than on the special remote. Oops.
* Linux arm standalone: Build with a 32kb page size, which is needed
on several ARM NAS devices, including Drobo 5N, and WD NAS.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:43:14 -0400

git-annex (6.20161111) unstable; urgency=medium

* Restarting a crashing git process could result in filename encoding
issues when not in a unicode locale, as the restarted processes's
handles were not read in raw mode.
* Make .git/annex/ssh.config file work with versions of ssh older than
7.3, which don't support Include. When used with an older version
of ssh, any ServerAliveInterval in ~/.ssh/config will be overridden
by .git/annex/ssh.config.
* S3: Support the special case endpoint needed for the cn-north-1 region.
* Webapp: Don't list the Frankfurt S3 region, as this (and some other new
regions) need V4 authorization which the aws library does not yet use.
* reinject --known: Avoid second, unncessary checksum of file.
* OSX: Remove RPATHs from git-annex binary, which are not needed,
slow down startup, and break the OSX Sierra linker.
* webapp: Explicitly avoid checking for auth in static subsite
requests. Yesod didn't used to do auth checks for that, but this may
have changed.
* Linux standalone: Avoid using hard links in the tarball so it can be
untarred on eg, afs which does not support them.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:46:39 -0400

git-annex (6.20161031) unstable; urgency=medium

* Assistant, repair: Fix ignoring of git fsck errors due to
duplicate file entries in tree objects.
* Linux standalone: Fix location of locale files in the bundle.
* Fix reversion in 6.20161012 that prevented adding files with a space
in their name.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:55:59 -0400

git-annex (6.20161027) unstable; urgency=medium

* lock, smudge: Fix edge cases where data loss could occur in v6 mode
when the keys database was not populated.
* upgrade: Handle upgrade to v6 when the repository already contains
v6 unlocked files whose content is already present.
* Improve style of offline html build of website.
* importfeed: Drop URL parameters from file extension.
Thanks, James MacMahon.
* Assistant, repair: Improved filtering out of git fsck lines about
duplicate file entries in tree objects.
* test: Deal with gpg-agent behavior change that broke the test suite.
* Improve ssh socket cleanup code to skip over the cruft that
NFS sometimes puts in a directory when a file is being deleted.
* If a transfer fails for some reason, but some data managed to be sent,
the transfer will be retried. (The assistant already did this.)
* Run ssh with ServerAliveInterval 60, so that stalled transfers will
be noticed within about 3 minutes.
(Any setting in your ~/.ssh/config or /etc/ssh/ssh_config
overrides this.)

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:21:58 -0400

git-annex (6.20161012) unstable; urgency=medium

* Optimisations to time it takes git-annex to walk working tree and find
files to work on. Sped up by around 18%.
* Optimisations to git-annex branch query and setting, avoiding repeated
copies of the environment. Speeds up commands like
"git-annex find --in remote" by over 50%.
* Optimised git-annex branch log file timestamp parsing.
* Add "total-size" field to --json-progress output.
* Make --json-progress output be shown even when the size of a object
is not known.
* Multiple external special remote processes for the same remote will be
started as needed when using -J. This should not beak any existing
external special remotes, because running multiple git-annex commands
at the same time could already start multiple processes for the same
external special remotes.
* Linux standalone: Include locale files in the bundle, and generate
locale definition files for the locales in use when starting runshell.
(Currently only done for utf-8 locales.)
* Avoid using a lot of memory when large objects are present in the git
repository and have to be checked to see if they are a pointed to an
annexed file. Cases where such memory use could occur included, but
were not limited to:
- git commit -a of a large unlocked file (in v5 mode)
- git-annex adjust when a large file was checked into git directly
* When auto-upgrading a v3 remote, avoid upgrading to version 6,
instead keep it at version 5.
* Support using v3 repositories without upgrading them to v5.
* sync: Fix bug in adjusted branch merging that could cause recently
added files to be lost when updating the adjusted branch.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:37:41 -0400

git-annex (6.20160923) unstable; urgency=medium

* Rate limit console progress display updates to 10 per second.
Was updating as frequently as changes were reported, up to hundreds of
times per second, which used unncessary bandwidth when running git-annex
over ssh etc.
* Make --json and --quiet work when used with -J.
Previously, -J override the other options.
* addurl, get: Added --json-progress option, which adds progress
objects to the json output.
* Remove key:null from git-annex add --json output.
* copy, move, mirror: Support --json and --json-progress.
* Improve gpg secret key list parser to deal with changes in gpg 2.1.15.
Fixes key name display in webapp.
* info: Support being passed a treeish, and show info about the annexed
files in it similar to how a directory is handled.
* sync: Previously, when run in a branch with a slash in its name,
such as "foo/bar", the sync branch was "synced/bar". That conflicted
with the sync branch used for branch "bar", so has been changed to
* Note that if you're using an old version of git-annex to sync with
a branch with a slash in its name, it won't see some changes synced by
this version, and this version won't see some changes synced by the older
version. This is not a problem if there's a central bare repository,
but may impact other configurations until git-annex is upgraded to this
* adjust: Previously, when adjusting a branch with a slash in its name,
such as "foo/bar", the adjusted branch was "adjusted/bar(unlocked)".
That conflicted with the adjusted branch used for branch "bar",
so has been changed to "adjusted/foo/bar(unlocked)"
* Also, running sync in an adjusted branch did not correctly sync
changes back to the parent branch when it had a slash in its name.
This bug has been fixed.
* addurl, importfeed: Improve behavior when file being added is gitignored.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:43:26 -0400

git-annex (6.20160907) unstable; urgency=medium

* Windows: Handle shebang in external special remote program.
* Fix formatting of git-annex-smudge man page, and improve mdwn2man.
Thanks, Jim Paris.
* examimekey: Allow being run in a git repo that is not initialized by
git-annex yet.
* Android: Fix disabling use of cp --reflink=auto, curl, sha224, and sha384.
* Make --json and --quiet suppress automatic init messages, and any
other messages that might be output before a command starts.
Fixes a reversion introduced in version 5.20150727.
* Assistant, repair: Filter out git fsck lines about duplicate file
entries in tree objects.
* get -J, sync --content -J: Download different files from different
remotes when the remotes have the same costs.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:12:11 -0400

git-annex (6.20160808) unstable; urgency=medium

* metadata --json output format has changed, adding a inner json object
named "fields" which contains only the fields and their values.
This should be easier to parse than the old format, which mixed up
metadata fields with other keys in the json object.
Any consumers of the old format will need to be updated.
* Added metadata --batch option, which allows getting, setting, deleting,
and modifying metadata for multiple files/keys.
* Added --branch option to copy, drop, fsck, get, metadata, mirror, move,
and whereis commands. This option makes git-annex operate on files that
are included in a specified branch (or other treeish).
* git-annex.cabal: Temporarily limit to http-conduit <2.2.0
since aws 0.14.0 is not compatible with the newer version.
* git-annex.cabal: Temporarily limit to persistent <2.5
since esqueleto 2.4.3 is not compatible with the newer version.
* Removed dependency on json library; all JSON is now handled by aeson.
* When built with uuid-1.3.12, generate more random UUIDs than before.
(However, this did not impact git-annex much, so a hard depedency has
not been added on uuid-1.3.12.)
* info: When run on a file now includes an indication of whether
the content is present locally.
* get, move, copy, mirror: Added --failed switch which retries
failed copies/moves.
* Re-enable accumulating transfer failure log files for command-line
actions (disabled in 5.20150522), and remove the log files after
successful transfers.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 11:42:17 -0400

git-annex (6.20160619) unstable; urgency=medium

* get, drop: Add --batch and --json options.
* testremote: Fix crash when testing a freshly made external special remote.
* Remove unnecessary rpaths in the git-annex binary, but only when
it's built using make, not cabal.
This speeds up git-annex startup time by around 50%.
* Speed up startup time by caching the refs that have been merged into
the git-annex branch.
This can speed up git-annex commands by as much as a second,
depending on the number of remotes.
* fsck: Fix a reversion in direct mode fsck of a file that is
present when the location log thinks it is not. Reversion introduced
in version 5.20151208.
* uninit: Fix crash due to trying to write to deleted keys db.
Reversion introduced by v6 mode support, affects v5 too.
* Fix a similar crash when the webapp is used to delete a repository.
* Support checking presence of content at a http url that redirects to
a ftp url.
* log: Added --all option.
* New url for git-remote-gcrypt, now maintained by spwhitton.
* webapp: Don't allow deleting a remote that has syncing disabled,
as such a deletion will never finish.
Thanks, Farhan Kathawala.
* webapp: Escape unusual characters in ssh hostnames when generating
mangled hostnames. This allows IPv6 addresses to be used on filesystems
not supporting : in filenames.
* Avoid any access to keys database in v5 mode repositories, which
are not supposed to use that database.
* Remove the EKG build flag, since Gentoo for some reason decided to
enable this flag, depsite it not being intended for production use and
so disabled by default.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:17:54 -0400

git-annex (6.20160613) unstable; urgency=medium

* Improve SHA*E extension extraction code.
* Windows: Avoid terminating git-annex branch lines with \r\n when
union merging and performing transitions.
* Remove Makefile from cabal tarball; man page building is now handled by
a small haskell program.
* sync --content: Fix bug that caused transfers of files to be made
to a git remote that does not have a UUID. This particularly impacted
clones from gcrypt repositories.
* Pass -S to git commit-tree when commit.gpgsign is set and when
making a non-automatic commit, in order to preserve current behavior
when used with git 2.9, which has stopped doing this itself.
* remotedaemon: Fixed support for notifications of changes to gcrypt
remotes, which was never tested and didn't quite work before.
* list: Do not include dead repositories.
* move --to: Better behavior when system is completely out of disk space;
drop content from disk before writing location log.
* Avoid a crash if getpwuid does not work, when querying the user's full
* Automatically enable v6 mode when initializing in a clone from a repo
that has an adjusted branch checked out.
* v6: Fix initialization of a bare clone of a repo that has an adjusted
branch checked out.
* v6: Fix bad automatic merge conflict resolution between an annexed file
and a directory with the same name when in an adjusted branch.
* v6: Fix bad merge in an adjusted branch that resulted in an empty tree.
* v6: Fix bug in initialization of clone from a repo with an adjusted branch
that had not been synced back to master.
(This bug caused broken tree objects to get built by a later git annex
* v6: Make lock and unlock work on files whose content is not present.
* v6: Fix update of associated files db when unlocking a file.
* v6: Make git clean filter preserve the backend that was used for a file.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:57:38 -0400

git-annex (6.20160527) unstable; urgency=medium

* Split lines in the git-annex branch on \r as well as \n, to deal
with \r\n terminated lines written by some versions of git-annex on
Windows. This fixes strange displays in some cases.
* assistant: Fix bug that caused v6 pointer files to be annexed by the
* assistant: Fix race in v6 mode that caused downloaded file content to
sometimes not replace pointer files.
* add: Adding a v6 pointer file used to annex it; now the pointer file is
added to git as-is. (git add of a pointer file already did the right
* enableremote: Can now be used to explicitly enable git-annex to use
git remotes. Using the command this way prevents other git-annex
commands from probing new git remotes to auto-enable them.
* enableremote: Remove annex-ignore configuration from a remote.
* Change git annex info remote encryption description to use wording
closer to what's used in initremote.
* Pass the various gnupg-options configs to gpg in several cases where
they were not before. Most notably, gnupg-decrypt-options is now
passed when decrypting an encrypted cipher.
* adjust: Add --fix adjustment, which is useful when the git directory
is in a nonstandard place.
* adjust: If the adjusted branch already exists, avoid overwriting it,
since it might contain changes that have not yet been propigated to the
original branch.
* Work around git weirdness in handling of relative path to GIT_INDEX_FILE
when in a subdirectory of the repository. This affected git annex view.
* Fix crash when entering/changing view in a subdirectory of a repo that
has a dotfile in its root.
* webapp: Avoid confusing display of dead remotes.
* Support building with ghc 8.0.1.
* Updated cabal file explicitly lists source files. The tarball
on hackage will include only the files needed for cabal install;
it is NOT the full git-annex source tree.
* debian/changelog, debian/NEWS, debian/copyright: Converted to symlinks
to CHANGELOG, NEWS, and COPYRIGHT, which used to symlink to these instead.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:48:36 -0400

git-annex (6.20160511) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix bug that sometimes prevented git-annex smudge --clean from consuming
all its input, which resulted in git add bypassing git-annex.
* Fix build with directory-
* Improve behavior when a just added http remote is not available
during uuid probe. Do not mark it as annex-ignore, so it will be tried
again later.
* Android: Icon refresh.
Thanks, freewheelinfranks.
* Added DIRHASH-LOWER to external special remote protocol.
* git-annex.cabal: Add Setup-Depends.
* stack.yaml: Enable explicit-setup-deps.
* Windows: Fix several bugs in propigation of changes from the adjusted
branch back to the master branch.
* Windows: Fix an over-long temp directory name.
* map: Hide dead repositories that are not connected to the graph.
* map: Changed colors; red is used for untrusted repositories and grey
for dead.
* version: Display OS version and architecture too.
* Propigate GIT_DIR and GIT_WORK_TREE environment to external special
* Added annex.gnupg-decrypt-options and
remote.<name>.annex-gnupg-decrypt-options, which are passed to gpg
when it's decrypting data.
* fsck: When a key is not previously known in the location log,
record something so that reinject --known will work.
* In the unusual configuration where annex.crippledfilesystem=true but
core.symlinks=true, store object contents in mixed case hash
directories so that symlinks will point to them.
* Added new encryption=sharedpubkey mode for special remotes.
This is useful for makking a special remote that anyone with a clone
of the repo and your public keys can upload files to, but only you can
decrypt the files stored in it.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 11 May 2016 12:41:42 -0400

git-annex (6.20160419) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix bug that prevented resuming of uploads to encrypted special remotes
that used chunking.
* That bug could also expose the names of keys to such remotes, so it is a
minor security issue.
* Fix duplicate progress meter display when downloading from a git remote
over http with -J.
* reinject: When src file's content cannot be verified, leave it alone,
instead of deleting it.
* reinject: Added new mode which can reinject known files into the annex.
For example: git-annex reinject --known /mnt/backup/*
* calckey: New plumbing command, calculates the key that would be used
to refer to a file.
* Fix bug that prevented annex.sshcaching=false configuration from taking
effect when on a crippled filesystem. Thanks, divergentdave.
* git 2.9.0 is going to prevent git merge from merging in unrelated
branches. Since the webapp's pairing etc features often combine
together repositories with unrelated histories, work around
this behavior change when the assistant merges, by passing
--allow-unrelated-histories. Note though that this is not done
for git annex sync's merges, so it will follow git's default or
configured behavior.
* When git-annex is used with a git version older than 2.2.0, disable
support for adjusted branches, since GIT_COMMON_DIR is needed to update
them and was first added in that version of git.
* Avoid setting LOCPATH in linux standalone builds that are built with
a ghc that has been fixed to not hang when it cannot find locale files.
* Isolate test suite from global git config settings.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:31:14 -0400

git-annex (6.20160418) unstable; urgency=medium

* smudge: Print a warning when annex.thin is set, as git's smudge
interface does not allow honoring that configuration.
* webapp: When $HOME is a git repository, and has been initialized for
use by git-annex, opening the webapp went ahead and ran the assistant
there, annexing all files. Since this is almost certianly not
desirable, especially when the user is just opening the webapp from
a dekstop menu which happens to run it in $HOME, the webapp will now not
treat such a $HOME git repository as a git-annex repository.
* webapp: Update url to add ssh key.
* Fix bug in v6 mode that prevented treating unlocked executable files
as annexed. If you have such files, run git annex init --version=6
to update the cache after upgrading to this version of git-annex.
* Preserve execute bits of unlocked files in v6 mode.
* fsck: Warn when core.sharedRepository is set and an annex object file's
write bit is not set and cannot be set due to the file being owned
by a different user.
* Fix hang when dropping content needs to lock the content on a
ssh remote, which occurred when the remote has git-annex version
5.20151019 or newer. (The bug was in the client side; the remote
git-annex-shell does not need to be upgraded.)

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:33:52 -0400

git-annex (6.20160412) unstable; urgency=medium

* adjust --unlock: Enters an adjusted branch in which all annexed files
are unlocked. The v6 equivilant of direct mode, but much cleaner!
* Upgrading a direct mode repository to v6 has changed to enter
an adjusted unlocked branch. This makes the direct mode to v6 upgrade
able to be performed in one clone of a repository without affecting
other clones, which can continue using v5 and direct mode.
* init --version=6: Automatically enter the adjusted unlocked branch
when filesystem doesn't support symlinks.
* ddar remote: fix ssh calls
Thanks, Robie Basak
* log: Display time with time zone.
* log --raw-date: Use to display seconds from unix epoch.
* v6: Close pointer file handles more quickly, to avoid problems on Windows.
* sync: Show output of git commit.
* annex.thin and annex.hardlink are now supported on Windows.
* unannex --fast now makes hard links on Windows.
* Fix bug in annex.largefiles mimetype= matching when git-annex
is run in a subdirectory of the repository.
* Fix build with ghc v7.11. Thanks, Gabor Greif.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:53:22 -0400

git-annex (6.20160318) unstable; urgency=medium

* metadata: Added -r to remove all current values of a field.
* Fix data loss that can occur when annex.pidlock is set in a repository.
* Fix bug preventing moving files to/from a repository with annex.pidlock set.
* Fix shared lock file FD leak.
* Fix metadata hook behavior when multiple files are added at once.
Thanks, Klaus Ethgen.
* Added dependencies on haskell mountpoints and disk-free-space
libraries, removing FFI code from git-annex.
* dropkey: Add --batch and --json.
* Fix OSX dmg to include libraries needed by bundled gpg,
lost in last release.
* Always try to thaw content, even when annex.crippledfilesystem is set.
* Correct git-annex info to include unlocked files in v6 repository.
* Sped up git-annex add in direct mode and v6 by using
git hash-object --stdin-paths.
* Sped up git-annex merge by using git hash-object --stdin-paths.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:30:36 -0400

git-annex (6.20160229) unstable; urgency=medium

* Update perlmagick build dependency. Closes: #789225
* Fix memory leak in last release, which affected commands like
git-annex status when a large non-annexed file is present in the work
* fsck: When the only copy of a file is in a dead repository, mention
the repository.
* info: Mention when run in a dead repository.
* Linux and OSX standalone builds put the bundled gpg last in PATH,
so any system gpg will be preferred over it.
* Avoid crashing when built with MagicMime support, but when the magic
database cannot be loaded.
* Include magic database in the linux and OSX standalone builds.
* Fix memory leak when hashing files, which triggered during fsck
when an external hash program was not used.
(This leak was introduced in version 6.20160114.)
* Support --metadata field<number, --metadata field>number etc
to match ranges of numeric values.
* Similarly, support preferred content expressions like
metadata=field<number and metadata=field>number
* The pre-commit-annex hook script that automatically extracts
metadata has been updated to also use exiftool.
Thanks, Klaus Ethgen.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:41:49 -0400

git-annex (6.20160217) unstable; urgency=medium

* Support getting files from read-only repositories.
* checkpresentkey: Allow to be run without an explicit remote.
* checkpresentkey: Added --batch.
* Work around problem with concurrent-output when in a non-unicode locale
by avoiding use of it in such a locale. Instead -J will behave as if
it was built without concurrent-output support in this situation.
* Fix storing of filenames of v6 unlocked files when the filename is not
representable in the current locale.
* fsck: Detect and fix missing associated file mappings in v6 repositories.
* fsck: Populate unlocked files in v6 repositories whose content is
present in annex/objects but didn't reach the work tree.
* When initializing a v6 repo on a crippled filesystem, don't force it
into direct mode.
* Windows: Fix v6 unlocked files to actually work.
* add, addurl, import, importfeed: When in a v6 repository on a crippled
filesystem, add files unlocked.
* annex.addunlocked: New configuration setting, makes files always be
added unlocked. (v6 only)
* Improve format of v6 unlocked pointer files to support keys containing

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:48:51 -0400

git-annex (6.20160211) unstable; urgency=medium

* annex.addsmallfiles: New option controlling what is done when
adding files not matching annex.largefiles.
* Fix reversion in lookupkey, contentlocation, and examinekey which
caused them to sometimes output side messages.
* webapp: Fix deletion of current repository directory.
* Added "nothing" to preferred content expression syntax.
* annex.largefiles can be configured in .gitattributes too;
this is particulary useful for v6 repositories, since the
.gitattributes configuration will apply in all clones of the
* Limit annex.largefiles parsing to the subset of preferred content
expressions that make sense in its context. So, not "standard"
or "lackingcopies", etc.
* annex.largefiles: Add support for mimetype=text/* etc, when git-annex
is linked with libmagic.
* matchexpression: Added --largefiles option to parse an annex.largefiles
* Brought back the dbus and xmpp build flags, so build from source can be
done without C libraries that may be hard to install.
* init: Fix bugs in submodule .git symlink fixup, that occurred when
initializing in a subdirectory of a submodule and a submodule of a
* WebDAV: Set depth 1 in PROPFIND request, for better compatibility with
some servers. Thanks, wzhd.
* WebDAV: Remove a bogus trailing slash from the end of the url to the
temporary store location for a key. Thanks, wzhd.
* S3: Allow configuring with requeststyle=path to use path-style bucket
access instead of the default DNS-style access.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:42:19 -0400

git-annex (6.20160126) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix nasty reversion in the last release that broke sync --content's
handling of many preferred content expressions.
* whereis --json: Urls are now listed inside the remote that claims them,
rather than all together at the end.
* info, add, whereis, find: Support --batch mode.
* Force output to be line-buffered, even when it's not connected to the
terminal. This is particuarly important for commands with --batch
output, which was not always being flushed at an appropriate time.
* add, import: Support --json output.
* addurl --json: Include field for added key (unless the file was
added directly to git due to annex.largefiles configuration.)
(Also done by add --json and import --json)
* registerurl: Check if a remote claims the url, same as addurl does.
* Bug fix: Git config settings passed to git-annex -c did not always take
* assistant: Use udisks2 dbus events to detect when disks are mounted,
instead of relying on gnome/kde stuff that is not stable.
* Fix build with QuickCheck 2.8.2
* matchexpression: New plumbing command to check if a preferred content
expression matches some data.
* Removed the webapp-secure build flag, rolling it into the webapp build
* Removed the quvi, tahoe, feed, and tfds build flags, adding
aeson feed and regex-tdfa to the core dependencies.
* Roll the dns build flag into the assistant build flag.
* Debian: Avoid building debug package, since gdb is not often useful
to debug haskell programs.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:57:42 -0400

git-annex (6.20160114) unstable; urgency=medium

"hexapodia as the key insight"

* Added v6 repository mode, but v5 is still the default for now.
* unlock, lock: In v6 mode, unlocking a file changes it from a symlink to a
pointer file, and this change can be committed to the git repository.
For details, see
* The upgrade to version 6 is not done fully automatically yet, because
upgrading a direct mode repository to version 6 will prevent old
versions of git-annex from working in other clones of that repository.
For details, see
* init: --version parameter added to control which supported repository
version to use.
* init, upgrade: Configure .git/info/attributes to use git-annex
as a smudge filter. In v6 repository mode, this makes git add
add files to the annex in unlocked mode, unless overridden by
annex.largefiles configuration.
* assistant: In v6 mode, adds files in unlocked mode, so they can
continue to be modified.
* Added annex.thin setting, which makes unlocked files in v6 repositories
be hard linked to their content, instead of a copy. This saves disk
space but means any modification of an unlocked file will lose the local
(and possibly only) copy of the old version.
* Enable annex.thin by default on upgrade from direct mode to v6, since
direct mode made the same tradeoff.
* fix: Adjusts unlocked files as configured by annex.thin.
* persistent-sqlite is now a hard build dependency, since v6 repository
mode needs it.

* status: On crippled filesystems, was displaying M for all annexed files
that were present. Probably caused by a change to what git status
displays in this situation. Fixed by treating files git thinks are
modified the same as typechanged files.
* addurl: Added --batch and --with-files options.
* addurl: Support --json, particularly useful in --batch mode.
* addurl: Refuse to overwrite any existing, non-annexed file.
* Debian: Adjust build dependencies for webapp, DAV. Now available on
mips, mipsel, but temporarily removed armel since build is failing
* info: Fix "backend usage" numbers, which were counting present keys
* info --json: Improve json for "backend usage", using a nested object
with fields for each backend instead of the previous weird nested lists.
This may break existing parsers of this json output, if there were any.
* whereis --json: Make url list be included in machine-parseable form.
* test: Added --keep-failures option.
* unused: Bug fix when a new file was added to the annex, and then
removed (but not git rmed). git still has the add staged in this case,
so the content should not be unused and was wrongly treated as such.
* migrate: Copy over metadata to new key.
* rekey: No longer copies over urls from the old to the new key.
It makes sense for migrate to do that, but not for this low-level
(and little used) plumbing command to.
* view: Fix crash in non-unicode capable locale when entering a view
of metadata containing a slash or backslash.
* When annex.http-headers is used to set the User-Agent header, avoid
sending User-Agent: git-annex
* Windows: Fix rsync cross-drive hack to work with msys2 rsync.
Thanks, Pieter Kitslaar.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:14:19 -0400

git-annex (5.20151218) unstable; urgency=medium

* Add S3 features to git-annex version output.
* webdav: When testing the WebDAV server, send a file with content.
The empty file it was sending tickled bugs in some php WebDAV server.
* fsck: Failed to honor annex.diskreserve when checking a remote.
* Debian: Build depend on concurrent-output.
* Fix insecure temporary permissions when git-annex repair is used in
in a corrupted git repository.
* Fix potential denial of service attack when creating temp dirs.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:09:33 -0400

git-annex (5.20151208) unstable; urgency=medium

* Build with -j1 again to get reproducible build.
* Display progress meter in -J mode when copying from a local git repo,
to a local git repo, and from a remote git repo.
* Display progress meter in -J mode when downloading from the web.
* map: Improve display of git remotes with non-ssh urls, including http
and gcrypt.
* When core.sharedRepository is set, annex object files are not made mode
444, since that prevents a user other than the file owner from locking
them. Instead, a mode such as 664 is used in this case.
* tahoe: Include tahoe capabilities in whereis display.
* import: Changed to honor annex.largefiles settings.
* addurl, importfeed: Changed to honor annex.largefiles settings,
when the content of the url is downloaded. (Not when using --fast or
* webapp: Fix bugs that could result in a relative path such as "."
being written to ~/.config/git-annex/autostart, and ignore any such
relative paths in the file.
This was a reversion caused by the relative path changes in 5.20150113.
* dropunused: Make more robust when trying to drop an object that has
already been dropped.
* Fix reversion in handling of long filenames, particularly when using
addurl/importfeed, which was introduced in the previous release.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 11:14:03 -0400

git-annex (5.20151116) unstable; urgency=medium

* Use concurrent-output library when configured with -fConcurrentOutput.
This allows nicely displayed messages when using the -J flag.
* Additional commands now support the -J flag:
fsck, drop, add, addurl, import
* import: Avoid very ugly error messages when the directory files
are imported to is not a directort, but perhaps an annexed file.
* Concurrent progress bars are now displayed when using -J with a command
that moves file contents around.
* Fix race that could result in an annexed file's symlink not being
created, when eg, running concurrent git-annex adds.
* add: Fix error recovery rollback to not move the injested file content
out of the annex back to the file, because other files may point to
that same content. Instead, copy the injected file content out to
* quvi may output utf-8 encoded data when the conifigured locale doesn't
support that; avoid crashing on such invalid encoding.
* runshell: Avoid failing when $HOME/.ssh does not exist and cannot be
* Make the git-annex-standalone.deb prevent runshell from installing
wrappers into $HOME/.ssh
* Make git-annex-standalone.deb include the git-annex html documentation,
desktop file, and base completion file, same as the regular git-annex.deb.
* fsck: When fscking a dead repo, avoid incorrect "fixing location log"
message, and display a warning about it being dead, since it's unusual
to have access to a dead repo.
* assistant: Pass ssh-options through 3 more git pull/push calls
that were missed before.
* Added annex.pidlock and annex.pidlocktimeout configuration to support
filesystems where POSIX fcntl locks cannot be used.
* init: Automatically enable annex.pidlock when necessary.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:17:40 -0400

git-annex (5.20151102.1) unstable; urgency=medium

* Avoid installing desktop file and program file if cabal install
git-annex is run as root, since that is not a systemwide install,
but to /root, and so generating a systemwide desktop file is not right.
* When cabal install is run with the desktop file location not writable,
display a warning, but continue successfully.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:08:38 -0400

git-annex (5.20151102) unstable; urgency=medium

* Use statvfs on OSX.
* Symlink timestamp preservation code uses functions
from unix-2.7.0 when available, which should be more portable.
* enableremote: List uuids and descriptions of remotes that can be
enabled, and accept either the uuid or the description in leu if the
* Catch up with current git behavior when both repo and repo.git exist;
it seems it now prefers repo in this case, although historically it may
have preferred repo.git.
* Fix failure to build with aws-0.13.0.
* When built with aws-0.13.0, the S3 special remote can be used to create
google nearline buckets, by setting storageclass=NEARLINE.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:41:20 -0400

git-annex (5.20151019) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix a longstanding, but unlikely to occur bug, where dropping
a file from a remote could race with other drops of the same file,
and result in all copies of its content being lost.
* git-annex-shell: Added lockcontent command, to prevent dropping of
a key's content. This is necessary due to the above bugfix.
* In some cases, the above bugfix changes what git-annex allows you to
- When a file is present in several special remotes,
but not in any accessible git repositories, dropping it from one of
the special remotes will now fail. Instead, the file has to be
moved from one of the special remotes to the git repository, and can
then safely be dropped from the git repository.
- If a git remote has too old a version of git-annex-shell installed,
git-annex won't trust it to hold onto a copy of a file when dropping
that file from the local git repository.
* Changed drop ordering when using git annex sync --content or the
assistant, to drop from remotes first and from the local repo last.
This works better with the behavior changes to drop in many cases.
* Do verification of checksums of annex objects downloaded from remotes.
* When annex objects are received into git repositories from other git
repos, their checksums are verified then too.
* To get the old, faster, behavior of not verifying checksums, set
annex.verify=false, or remote.<name>.annex-verify=false.
* setkey, rekey: These commands also now verify that the provided file
matches the expected checksum of the key, unless annex.verify=false.
* reinject: Already verified content; this can now be disabled by
setting annex.verify=false.
* sync, merge, assistant: When git merge failed for a reason other
than a conflicted merge, such as a crippled filesystem not allowing
particular characters in filenames, git-annex would make a merge commit
that could omit such files or otherwise be bad. Fixed by aborting the
whole merge process when git merge fails for any reason other than a
merge conflict.
* Allow building with S3 disabled again.
* Ported disk free space checking code to work on Solaris.
* Windows webapp: Fix support for entering password when setting
up a ssh remote.
* copy --auto was checking the wrong repo's preferred content.
(--from was checking what --to should, and vice-versa.)
Fixed this bug, which was introduced in version 5.20150727.
* Avoid unncessary write to the location log when a file is unlocked
and then added back with unchanged content.
* S3: Fix support for using https.
* Avoid displaying network transport warning when a ssh remote
does not yet have an annex.uuid set.
* Debian: Add torrent library to build-depends as it's packaged now,
and stop recommending bittornado | bittorrent.
* Debian: Remove build dependency on transformers library, as it is now
included in ghc.
* Debian: Remove menu file, since a desktop file is provided and
lintian says there can be only one.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:59:01 -0400

git-annex (5.20150930) unstable; urgency=medium

* Added new linux standalone "ancient" build to support kernels
like 2.6.32.
* info: Don't allow use in a non-git-annex repository, since it
uses the git-annex branch and would create it if it were missing.
* assistant: When updating ~/.ssh/config, preserve any symlinks.
* webapp: Remove the "disable remote" feature from the UI.
* S3: When built with aws-0.13.0, supports using more storage classes.
In particular, storageclass=STANDARD_IA to use Amazon's
new Infrequently Accessed storage, and storageclass=NEARLINE
to use Google's NearLine storage.
* Improve ~/.ssh/config modification code to not add trailing spaces
to lines it cannot parse.
* Fix a crash at direct mode merge time when .git/index doesn't exist
yet. Triggered by eg, git-annex sync --no-commit in a fresh clone of
a repository.
* status: Show added but not yet committed files.
* Added stack.yaml to support easy builds from source with stack.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:31:52 -0400

git-annex (5.20150916) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix Windows build to work with ghc 7.10.
* init: Fix reversion in detection of repo made with git clone --shared
* info: Support querying info of individual files in direct mode.
* unused: Fix reversion in 5.20150727 that broke parsing of the
--unused-refspec option. Thanks, Øyvind A. Holm.
* Make full option parsing be done when not in a git repo, so --help
can be displayed for commands that require a git repo, etc.
* fsck: Work around bug in persistent that broke display of
problematically encoded filenames on stderr when using --incremental.
* When gpg.program is configured, it's used to get the command to run
for gpg. Useful on systems that have only a gpg2 command or want to
use it instead of the gpg command.
* Windows: Switched to using git for Windows, rather than msysgit.
Using msysgit with git-annex is no longer supported.
* Windows: Even when the user neglects to tell the git installer to
add git to PATH, git-annex will still work from within the git bash
shell, and the webapp can be used too.
* sync: Add --no-commit, --no-pull, --no-push options to turn off parts of
the sync process, as well as supporting --commit, --pull, --push, and
--no-content options to specify the (current) default behavior.
* annex.hardlink extended to also try to use hard links when copying from
the repository to a remote.
* Improve bash completion, so it completes names of remotes and backends
in appropriate places.
* Special remotes configured with autoenable=true will be automatically
enabled when git-annex init is run.
* Fix bug in combination of preferred and required content settings.
When one was set to the empty string and the other set to some expression,
this bug caused all files to be wanted, instead of only files matching
the expression.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:31:24 -0400

git-annex (5.20150824) unstable; urgency=medium

* Sped up downloads of files from ssh remotes, reducing the
non-data-transfer overhead 6x.
* sync: Support --jobs
* sync --content: Avoid unnecessary second pull from remotes when
no file transfers are made.
* External special remotes can now be built that can be used in readonly
mode, where git-annex downloads content from the remote using regular
* Added WHEREIS to external special remote protocol.
* importfeed --relaxed: Avoid hitting the urls of items in the feed.
* Fix reversion in init when ran as root, introduced in version 5.20150731.
* Reorder declaration to fix build with yesod-core > 1.4.13.
Thanks, Michael Alan Dorman.
* Fix building without quvi and without database.
Thanks, Ben Boeckel.
* Avoid building the assistant on the hurd, since an inotify equivalent
is not yet implemented in git-annex for the hurd.
* --debug log messages are now timestamped with fractional seconds.
* --debug is passed along to git-annex-shell when git-annex is in debug mode.
* Makefile: Pass LDFLAGS, CFLAGS, and CPPFLAGS through ghc and on to
ld, cc, and cpp.
* As a result of the Makefile changes, the Debian package is built
with various hardening options. Although their benefit to a largely
haskell program is unknown.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:11:05 -0700

git-annex (5.20150812) unstable; urgency=medium

* Added support for SHA3 hashed keys (in 8 varieties), when git-annex is
built using the cryptonite library.
* metadata: Fix reversion introduced in 5.20150727 that caused recursive
display of metadata to not work.
* Windows: Fix bug that caused git-annex sync to fail due to missing
environment variable.
* Fix setting/setting/viewing metadata that contains unicode or other
special characters, when in a non-unicode locale.
* Simplify setup process for a ssh remote. Now it suffices to run git
remote add, followed by git-annex sync. Now the remote is automatically
initialized for use by git-annex, where before the git-annex branch had
to manually be pushed before using git-annex sync. Note that this
involved changes to git-annex-shell, so if the remote is using an old
version, the manual push is still needed.
* git-annex-shell: Don't let configlist auto-init repository when in
readonly mode.
* Perform a clean shutdown when --time-limit is reached.
This includes running queued git commands, and cleanup actions normally
run when a command is finished.
* fsck: Commit incremental fsck database when --time-limit is reached.
Previously, some of the last files fscked did not make it into the
database when using --time-limit.
* fsck: Commit incremental fsck database after every 1000 files
fscked, or every 5 minutes, whichever comes first. Previously,
commits were made every 1000 files fscked.
* Linux standalone: Work around problem that prevented it from working
properly if unpacked into a directory that contains ":" or ";" in its
* proxy: Fix proxy git commit of non-annexed files in direct mode.
* proxy: If a non-proxied git command, such as git revert
would normally fail because of unstaged files in the work tree,
make the proxied command fail the same way.
* proxy: Fix removal of files deleted by the proxied command.
* proxy: Fix behavior when run in subdirectory of git repo.
* Improve Setup.hs file so that cabal copy --destdir works.
Thanks, Magnus Therning.
* Tighten dependency on optparse-applicative to 0.11.0.
* Added back debian/cabal-wrapper, since it still seems needed after all.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:14:58 -0400

git-annex (5.20150731) unstable; urgency=medium

* webapp: Support enabling known remotes.
* Fix rsync special remote to work when -Jn is used for concurrent
* The last release accidentally removed a number of options from the
copy command. (-J, file matching options, etc). These have been added
* init: Detect when the filesystem is crippled such that it ignores
attempts to remove the write bit from a file, and enable direct mode.
Seen with eg, NTFS fuse on linux.
* Fix man page installation by cabal install; all the new man pages are
now installed.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:34:36 -0400

git-annex (5.20150727) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix bug that prevented uploads to remotes using new-style chunking
from resuming after the last successfully uploaded chunk.
* Switched option parsing to use optparse-applicative. This was a very large
and invasive change, and may have caused some minor behavior changes to
edge cases of option parsing. (For example, the metadata command no
longer accepts the combination of --get and --set, which never actually
* Bash completion file is now included in the git-annex source tree,
and installed into Debian package (and any other packages built using make
install). This bash completion is generated by the option parser, so it
covers all commands, all options, and will never go out of date!
* As well as tab completing "git-annex" commands, "git annex" will also tab
complete. However, git's bash completion script needs a patch,
which I've submitted, for this to work prefectly.
* version --raw now works when run outside a git repository.
* assistant --startdelay now works when run outside a git repository.
* dead now accepts multiple --key options.
* addurl now accepts --prefix and --suffix options to adjust the
filenames used.
* sync --content: Fix bug that caused files to be uploaded to eg,
more archive remotes than wanted copies, only to later be dropped
to satisfy the preferred content settings.
* importfeed: Improve detection of known items whose url has changed,
and avoid adding redundant files. Where before this only looked at
permalinks in rss feeds, it now also looks at guids.
* importfeed: Look at not only permalinks, but now also guids
to identify previously downloaded files.
* Webapp: Now features easy setup of git-annex repositories on
* Adjust debian build deps: The webapp can now build on arm64, s390x
and hurd-i386. WebDAV support is also available on those architectures.
* Debian package now maintained by Richard Hartmann.
* Support building without persistent database on for systems that
lack TH. This removes support for incremental fsck.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:24:49 -0400

git-annex (5.20150710) unstable; urgency=medium

* add: Stage symlinks the same as git add would, even if they are not a
link to annexed content.
* sync: When annex.autocommit=false, avoid making any commit of local
changes, while still merging with remote to the extent possible.
* unused: --used-refspec can now be configured to look at refs in the
reflog. This provides a way to not consider old versions of files to be
unused after they have reached a specified age, when the old refs in
the reflog expire.
* log: Fix reversion introduced in version 5.20150528 that broke this command.
* assistant --autostart: First stop any daemons that are already running,
which might be left over from a previous login session and so unable to
use the ssh agent of a new login session.
* assistant: Fix local pairing to not include newline in ssh pubkey,
which is rejected on the other end for security reasons.
* assistant: Fix ANNEX_SHELL_DIR written to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
in local pairing to be the absolute path to the repository, not "."
This was a reversion caused by the relative path changes in 5.20150113.
* Brought back the setkey plumbing command that was removed in 2011, since
we found a use case for it. Note that the command's syntax was changed
for consistency.
* bugfix: Pass --full-tree when using git ls-files to get a list of files
on the git-annex branch, so it works when run in a subdirectory.
This bug affected git-annex unused, and potentially also transitions
running code and other things.
* Support git's undocumented core.sharedRepository=2 value, which
is equivalent to "world", and is set when a repo was created using
git init --shared=world.
* When building on linux, pass --as-needed to linker to avoid linking
with unused shared libraries including libyaml.
* import: Fix failure of cross-device import on Windows.
* merge: Avoid creating the synced/master branch.
* Removed support for optparse-applicative versions older than 0.10.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:36:42 -0400

git-annex (5.20150617) unstable; urgency=medium

* Now supports git annex sync --all --content to sync all versions of all
files with all repos that want them.
* Added new "anything" preferred content expression, which matches all
versions of all files.
* Standard preferred content for client, backup, incremental backup,
and unwanted groups have been adjusted to work better when used
with git annex sync --all --content.
* fromkey, registerurl: Improve handling of urls that happen to also
be parsable as strange keys.
* sync, remotedaemon: Pass configured ssh-options even when
annex.sshcaching is disabled.
* assistant: Consume systemd-networkd dbus events to learn about
changes to network connections, as was already done with
network-manager and wicd.
Thanks to Sebastian Reuße for the patches.
* get --incomplete: New option to resume any interrupted downloads.
* dead --key: Can be used to mark a key as dead.
* fsck: Ignore keys that are known to be dead when running in
--all/--unused/--key mode or a in a bare repo. Closes: #753888
Otherwise, still reports files with lost contents, even if the content
is dead.
* S3: Special remotes can be configured with public=yes to allow
the public to access the bucket's content.
* S3: Publically accessible buckets can be used without creds.
* import --clean-duplicates: Fix bug that didn't count local or trusted
repo's copy of a file as one of the necessary copies to allow removing
it from the import location.
* tahoe: Use ~/.tahoe-git-annex/ rather than ~/.tahoe/git-annex/
when setting up a tahoe special remote to avoid old versions of
tahoe create-client choking.
* Fix bug that prevented enumerating locally present objects in repos
tuned with annex.tune.objecthash1=true.
Fixes: unused, object count in info, unannex.
* Improve url parsing to handle some urls containing illegal []
characters in their paths.
* info: Added json output for "backend usage", "numcopies stats",
"repositories containing these files", and "transfers in progress".
* Fix incremental backup standard preferred content expression to match
its documentation, which says it does not want files that have reached
a backup repository.
* Increased the default annex.bloomaccuracy from 1000 to 10000000.
This makes git annex unused use up to 16 mb more memory than it did
before, but the massive increase in accuracy makes this worthwhile
for all but the smallest systems.
* Build documentation with deterministic=1 for reproducible builds.
(A new ikiwiki feature.) Closes: #785736
* Re-remove dependency on obsolete hamlet package. Closes: #786659
* debian/cabal-wrapper: Removed this hack which should not be needed anymore.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:50:35 -0400

git-annex (5.20150528) unstable; urgency=medium

* fromkey, registerurl: Allow urls to be specified instead of keys,
and generate URL keys.
* Linux standalone, OSX app: Improve runshell script to always quote
shell vars, so that it will work when eg, untarred into a directory
path with spaces in its name.
* Revert removal dependency on obsolete hamlet package, since the
autobuilders are not ready for this change yet and it prevented them
from building the webapp. Reopens: #786659
* fsck: When checksumming a file fails due to a hardware fault,
the file is now moved to the bad directory, and the fsck proceeds.
Before, the fsck immediately failed.
* Linux standalone: The webapp was not built in the previous release,
this release fixes that oversight.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 28 May 2015 10:48:03 -0400

git-annex (5.20150522) unstable; urgency=medium

* import: Refuse to import files that are within the work tree, as that
does not make sense and could cause data loss.
* drop: Now supports --all, --unused, and --key.
* drop: Now defaults to --all when run in a bare repository.
(Previously, did nothing when run in a bare repository.)
* get, move, copy, mirror: Concurrent transfers are now supported!
For example: git-annex get -J10
However, progress bars are not yet displayed for concurrent transfers,
pending an updated version of the ascii-progress library.
* --quiet now makes progress output by rsync, wget, etc be quiet too.
* Take space that will be used by other running downloads into account when
checking annex.diskreserve.
* Avoid accumulating transfer failure log files unless the assistant is
being used.
* Fix an unlikely race that could result in two transfers of the same key
running at once.
* Stale transfer lock and info files will be cleaned up automatically
when get/unused/info commands are run.
* unused: Add --used-refspec option and annex.used-refspec, which can
specify a set of refs to consider used, rather than the default of
considering all refs used.
* webapp: Fix zombie xdg-open process left when opening file browser.
Closes: #785498
* Safer posix fctnl locking implementation, using lock pools and STM.
* Build documentation with TZ=UTC for reproducible builds. See #785736.
* OSX: Corrected the location of trustedkeys.gpg, so the built-in
upgrade code will find it. Fixes OSX upgrade going forward, but
older versions won't upgrade themselves due to this problem.
* Remove dependency on obsolete hamlet package. Closes: #786659

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 22 May 2015 14:20:18 -0400

git-annex (5.20150508.1) unstable; urgency=medium

* Now builds cleanly using ghc 7.10 (as well as ghc back to 7.6).
* Imrovements to the git-annex-standalone.deb build process.
(Thanks, Yaroslav Halchenko)

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 11 May 2015 12:08:58 -0400

git-annex (5.20150508) unstable; urgency=medium

* Improve behavior when a git-annex command is told to operate
on a file that doesn't exist. It will now continue to other
files specified after that on the command line, and only error out at
the end.
* S3: Enable debug logging when annex.debug or --debug is set.
* S3: git annex info will show additional information about a S3 remote
(endpoint, port, storage class)
* S3: Let git annex enableremote be used, without trying to recreate
a bucket that should already exist.
* S3: Fix incompatibility with bucket names used by hS3; the aws library
cannot handle upper-case bucket names. git-annex now converts them to
lower case automatically.
* import: Check for gitignored files before moving them into the tree.
(Needs git 1.8.4 or newer.)
* import: Don't stop entire import when one file fails due to being
gitignored or conflicting with something in the work tree.
* import: Before removing a duplicate file in --deduplicate or
--clean-duplicates mode, verify that enough copies of its content still
* Improve integration with KDE's file manager to work with dolphin
version 14.12.3 while still being compatable with 4.14.2.
Thanks, silvio.
* assistant: Added --autostop to complement --autostart.
* Work around wget bug #784348 which could cause it to clobber git-annex
symlinks when downloading from ftp.
* Support checking ftp urls for file presence.
* Fix bogus failure of fsck --fast.
* fsck: Ignore error recording the fsck in the activity log,
which can happen when running fsck in a read-only repository.
Closes: #698559
(fsck can still need to write to the repository if it find problems,
but a successful fsck can be done read-only)
* Improve quvi 0.4 output parsing to handle cases wher there is no known
filename extension. This is currently the case when using quvi with
youtube. In this case, the extension ".m" will be used.
* Dropped support for older versions of yesod, warp, and dbus than the ones
in Debian Jessie.
* Switch from the obsolete dataenc library for base64 encoding to sandi.
(Thanks, Magnus Therning)
* Debian's ghc now supports TH on arm! Adjust build dependencies
to build the webapp on arm, and enable DAV support on arm. \o/
* Adjust some other arch specific build dependencies that are now
available on more architectures in Devian unstable.
* Windows: Remove cygwin ssh, the newer version of which has stopped
honoring the setting of HOME. Instead, copy msysgit's ssh into PATH.
Note that setting up a remote ssh server using password authentication
is known to be broken in this release on Windows.
* Windows: Roll back to an older version of rsync from cygwin.
The newer version has some dependency on a newer ssh from cygwin.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 08 May 2015 13:42:30 -0400

git-annex (5.20150420) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix activity log parsing, which caused the log to not retain
activity from other uuids.
* Union merge could fall over if there was a file in the repository
with the same name as a git ref. Now fixed.
* info dir: Added information about repositories that
contain files in the specified directory.
* info: Added --bytes option.
* bittorrent: Fix handling of magnet links.
* When a key's size is unknown, still check the annex.diskreserve,
and avoid getting content if the disk is too full.
* Fix fsck --from a git remote in a local directory, and from
a directory special remote.
This was a reversion caused by the relative path changes in 5.20150113.
* fsck --from remote: When bad content is found in the remote,
and the local repo does not have a copy of the content, preserve
the bad content in .git/annex/bad/ to avoid further data loss.
* fsck --from remote: Avoid downloading a key if it would go over
the annex.diskreserve limit.
* required: New command, like wanted, but for required content.
* Removed dependency on haskell SHA library,
instead using cryptohash >= 0.11.0.
* Make repo init more robust.
* New debian/rules build-standalone target, which generates a
git-annex-standalone.deb that should work on many old Debian etc
systems. Thanks, Yaroslav Halchenko.
* Windows: Renamed start menu file to avoid loop in some versions
of Windows where the menu file is treated as a git-annex program.
* Windows: Fixed support of remotes on other drives.
(A reversion introduced in version 5.20150113.)
* Windows: Bundled versions of rsync, wget, ssh, and gpg from
cygwin all updated. Thanks, Yury V. Zaytsev.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:44:04 -0400

git-annex (5.20150409) unstable; urgency=medium

* This fixes a bug in the assistant introduced by the literal pathspec
changes in version 5.20150406.
* --quiet now suppresses progress displays from eg, rsync.
(Second time's the charm..)
* fromkey, registerurl: When reading from stdin, allow the
filename and url, respectively, to contain whitespace.
* add: If annex.largefiles is set and does not match a file that's being
added, the file will be checked into git rather than being added to the
annex. Previously, git annex add skipped over such files; this new
behavior is more useful in direct mode.
* proxy: Made it work when run in a new repository before initial
* info: Display repository mode: bare when in a bare (non-direct mode)
* importfeed: Fix feed download when curl is used.
* importfeed: Error out when passed a non-url.
* webapp: When adding another local repository, and combining it
with the current repository, the new repository's remote path
was set to "." rather than the path to the current repository.
This was a reversion caused by the relative path changes in 5.20150113.
* contentlocationn: New plumbing command.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:06:38 -0400

git-annex (5.20150406.1) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fixes a bug in the last release that caused rsync and possibly
other commands to hang at the end of a file transfer.
(--quiet is back to not blocking progress displays until
that code can be fixed properly.)

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:13:13 -0400

git-annex (5.20150406) unstable; urgency=medium

* Prevent git-ls-files from double-expanding wildcards when an
unexpanded wildcard is passed to a git-annex command like add or find.
* Fix make build target. Thanks, Justin Geibel.
* Fix GETURLS in external special remote protocol to strip
downloader prefix from logged url info before checking for the
specified prefix.
* importfeed: Avoid downloading a redundant item from a feed whose
permalink has been seen before, even when the url has changed.
* importfeed: Always store itemid in metadata; before this was only
done when annex.genmetadata was set.
* Relax debian package dependencies to git >= 1:1.8.1 rather
than needing >= 1:2.0.
* test: Fix --list-tests
* addurl --file: When used with a special remote that claims
urls and checks their contents, don't override the user's provided
filename with filenames that the special remote suggests. Also,
don't allow adding the url if the special remote says it contains
multiple files.
* import: --deduplicate and --cleanduplicates now output the keys
corresponding to duplicated files they process.
* expire: New command, for expiring inactive repositories.
* fsck: Record fsck activity for use by expire command.
* Fix truncation of parameters that could occur when using xargs git-annex.
* Significantly sped up processing of large numbers of directories
passed to a single git-annex command.
* version: Add --raw
* init: Improve fifo test to detect NFS systems that support fifos
but not well enough for sshcaching.
* --quiet now suppresses progress displays from eg, rsync.
(The option already suppressed git-annex's own built-in progress

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:48:48 -0400

git-annex (5.20150327) unstable; urgency=medium

* readpresentkey: New plumbing command for checking location log.
* checkpresentkey: New plumbing command to check if a key can be verified
to be present on a remote.
* Added a post-update-annex hook, which is run after the git-annex branch
is updated. Needed for git update-server-info.
* migrate: --force will force migration of keys already using the
destination backend. Useful in rare cases.
* Man pages for individual commands now available, and can be
opened using "git annex help <command>"
* --auto is no longer a global option; only get, drop, and copy
accept it. (Not a behavior change unless you were passing it to a
command that ignored it.)
* Improve error message when --in @date is used and there is no
reflog for the git-annex branch.
* assistant: Committing a whole lot of files at once could overflow
command-line length limits and cause the commit to fail. This
only happened when using the assistant in an indirect mode repository.
* Work around curl bug when asked to download an empty url to a file.
* Fix bug introduced in the last release that broke git-annex sync
when git-annex was installed from the standalone tarball.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:10:59 -0400

git-annex (5.20150317) unstable; urgency=medium

* fsck: Incremental fsck uses sqlite to store its records, instead
of abusing the sticky bit. Existing sticky bits are ignored;
incremental fscks started by old versions won't be resumed by
this version.
* fsck: Multiple incremental fscks of different repos (including remotes)
can now be running at the same time in the same repo without it
getting confused about which files have been checked for which remotes.
* unannex: Refuse to unannex when repo is too new to have a HEAD,
since in this case there must be staged changes in the index
(if there is anything to unannex), and the unannex code path
needs to run with a clean index.
* Linux standalone: Set LOCPATH=/dev/null to work around
This prevents localization from working, but git-annex
is not localized anyway.
* sync: As well as the synced/git-annex push, attempt a
git-annex:git-annex push, as long as the remote branch
is an ancestor of the local branch, to better support bare git repos.
(This used to be done, but it forgot to do it since version 4.20130909.)
* When re-execing git-annex, use current program location, rather than
~/.config/git-annex/program, when possible.
* Submodules are now supported by git-annex!
* metadata: Fix encoding problem that led to mojibake when storing
metadata strings that contained both unicode characters and a space
(or '!') character.
* Also potentially fixes encoding problem when embedding credentials
that contain unicode characters.
* sync: Fix committing when in a direct mode repo that has no HEAD ref.
(For example, a newly checked out git submodule.)
* Added SETURIPRESENT and SETURIMISSING to external special remote protocol,
useful for things like ipfs that don't use regular urls.
* addurl: Added --raw option, which bypasses special handling of quvi,
bittorrent etc urls.
* git-annex-shell: Improve error message when the specified repository
doesn't exist or git config fails for some reason.
* fromkey --force: Skip test that the key has its content in the annex.
* fromkey: Add stdin mode.
* registerurl: New plumbing command for mass-adding urls to keys.
* remotedaemon: Fixed support for notifications of changes to gcrypt
remotes, which was never tested and didn't quite work before.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:02:36 -0400

git-annex (5.20150219) unstable; urgency=medium

* glacier: Detect when the glacier command in PATH is the wrong one,
from boto, rather than from glacier-cli, and refuse to use it,
since the boto program fails to fail when passed
parameters it does not understand.
* groupwanted: New command to set the groupwanted preferred content
* import: Support file matching options such as --exclude, --include,
--smallerthan, --largerthan
* The file matching options are now only accepted by commands that
can actually use them, instead of by all commands.
* import: Avoid checksumming file twice when run in the default
or --duplicate mode.
* Windows: Fix bug in dropping an annexed file, which
caused a symlink to be staged that contained backslashes.
* webapp: Fix reversion in opening webapp when starting it manually
inside a repository.
* assistant: Improve sanity check for control characters when pairing.
* Improve race recovery code when committing to git-annex branch.
* addurl: Avoid crash if quvi is not installed, when git-annex was
built with process-1.2
* bittorrent: Fix mojibake introduced in parsing arai2c progress output.
* fsck --from: If a download from a remote fails, propagate the failure.
* metadata: When setting metadata, do not recurse into directories by
default, since that can be surprising behavior and difficult to recover
from. The old behavior is available by using --force.
* sync, assistant: Include repository name in head branch commit message.
* The ssh-options git config is now used by gcrypt, rsync, and ddar
special remotes that use ssh as a transport.
* sync, assistant: Use the ssh-options git config when doing git pull
and push.
* remotedaemon: Use the ssh-options git config.
* Linux standalone: Improved process names of linker shimmed programs.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:16:03 -0400

git-annex (5.20150205) unstable; urgency=medium

* info: Can now display info about a given uuid.
* Added to remote/uuid info: Count of the number of keys present
on the remote, and their size. This is rather expensive to calculate,
so comes last and --fast will disable it.
* info remote: Include the date of the last sync with the remote.
* sync: Added --message/-m option like git commit.
* remotedaemon: Fix problem that could prevent ssh connections being
made after two LOSTNET messages were received in a row (perhaps due to
two different network interfaces being brought down).
* Fix build failure when wget is not installed.
* Fix wording of message displayed when unable to get a file that
is available in untrusted repositories.
* addurl: When a Content-Disposition header suggests a filename to use,
addurl will consider using it, if it's reasonable and doesn't conflict
with an existing file. (--file overrides this)
* Fix default repository description created by git annex init,
which got broken by the relative path changes in the last release.
* init: Repository tuning parameters can now be passed when initializing a
repository for the first time. For details, see
* merge: Refuse to merge changes from a git-annex branch of a repo
that has been tuned in incompatible ways.
* Support annex.tune.objecthash1, annex.tune.objecthashlower, and
* Remove support for building without cryptohash.
* Added MD5 and MD5E backends.
* assistant: Fix local pairing when ssh pubkey comment contains spaces.
* Avoid using fileSize which maxes out at just 2 gb on Windows.
Instead, use hFileSize, which doesn't have a bounded size.
Fixes support for files > 2 gb on Windows.
* Windows: Fix running of the pre-commit-annex hook.
* Windows: Fix S3 special remote; need to call withSocketsDo. Thanks, Trent.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:08:33 -0400

git-annex (5.20150113) unstable; urgency=medium

* unlock: Don't allow unlocking files that have never been committed to git
before, to avoid an intractable problem that prevents the pre-commit
hook from telling if such a file is intended to be an annexed file or not.
* Avoid re-checksumming when migrating from hash to hashE backend.
Closes: #774494
* Fix build with process
* Android: Provide a version built with -fPIE -pie to support Android 5.0.
* sync: Fix an edge case where syncing in a bare repository would try to
merge and so fail.
* Check git version at runtime, rather than assuming it will be the same
as the git version used at build time when running git-checkattr and
git-branch remove.
* Switch to using relative paths to the git repository.
- This allows the git repository to be moved while git-annex is running in
it, with fewer problems.
- On Windows, this avoids some of the problems with the absurdly small
MAX_PATH of 260 bytes. In particular, git-annex repositories should
work in deeper/longer directory structures than before.
* Generate shorter keys for WORM and URL, avoiding keys that are longer
than used for SHA256, so as to not break on systems like Windows that
have very small maximum path length limits.
* Bugfix: A file named HEAD in the work tree could confuse some git commands
run by git-annex.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:10:08 -0400

git-annex (5.20141231) unstable; urgency=medium

* vicfg: Avoid crashing on badly encoded config data.
* Work around statfs() overflow on some XFS systems.
* sync: Now supports remote groups, the same way git remote update does.
* setpresentkey: A new plumbing-level command.
* Run shutdown cleanup actions even if there were failures processing
the command. Among other fixes, this means that addurl will stage
added files even if adding one of the urls fails.
* bittorrent: Fix locking problem when using addurl file://
* Windows: Fix local rsync filepath munging (fixes 26 test suite failures).
* Windows: Got the rsync special remote working.
* Windows: Fix handling of views of filenames containing '%'
* OSX: Switched away from deprecated statfs64 interface.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:15:46 -0400

git-annex (5.20141219) unstable; urgency=medium

* Webapp: When adding a new remote, use the new style chunking.
Thanks, Jon Ander Peñalba.
* External special remote protocol now includes commands for setting
and getting the urls associated with a key.
* Urls can now be claimed by remotes. This will allow creating,
for example, a external special remote that handles magnet: and
*.torrent urls.
* Use wget -q --show-progress for less verbose wget output,
when built with wget 1.16.
* Added bittorrent special remote.
* addurl behavior change: When downloading an url ending in .torrent,
it will download files from bittorrent, instead of the old behavior
of adding the torrent file to the repository.
* Added Recommends on aria2.
* When possible, build with the haskell torrent library for parsing
torrent files. As a fallback, can instead use btshowmetainfo from
bittornado | bittorrent.
* Fix build with -f-S3.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:53:26 -0400

git-annex (5.20141203) unstable; urgency=medium

* proxy: New command for direct mode repositories, allows bypassing
the direct mode guard in a safe way to do all sorts of things
including git revert, git mv, git checkout ...
* undo: New command to undo the most recent change to a file
or to the contents of a directory.
* Add undo action to nautilus and konqueror integration.
* diffdriver: New git-annex command, to make git external diff drivers
work with annexed files.
* pre-commit: Block partial commit of unlocked annexed file, since
that left a typechange staged in index due to some infelicity of git's
handling of partial commits.
* Work around behavior change in lsof 4.88's -F output format.
* S3: Switched to using the haskell aws library.
* S3: No longer buffers entire files in memory when uploading without
* S3: When built with a new enough version of the haskell aws library,
supports doing multipart uploads, in order to store extremely large
files in S3 when not using chunking.
* Don't show "(gpg)" when decrypting the remote encryption cipher,
since this could be taken to read that's the only time git-annex
runs gpg, which is not the case.
* Debian package is now maintained by Gergely Nagy.
* Windows: Remove Alt+A keyboard shortcut, which turns out to have scope
outside the menus.
* Windows: Install ssh and other bundled programs to Git/cmd,
instead of Git/bin, since the latter is not in the default msysgit PATH.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:16:52 -0400

git-annex (5.20141125) unstable; urgency=medium

* Remove fixup code for bad bare repositories created by
versions 5.20131118 through 5.20131127. That fixup code would
accidentally fire when --git-dir was incorrectly
pointed at the working tree of a git-annex repository,
possibly resulting in data loss. Closes: #768093
* Windows: Fix crash when is not set in git config.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:41:51 -0400

git-annex (5.20141024) unstable; urgency=medium

* vicfg: Deleting configurations now resets to the default, where
before it has no effect.
* Remove hurd stuff from cabal file, since hackage currently rejects
it, and the test suite fails on hurd.
* initremote: Don't allow creating a special remote that has the same
name as an existing git remote.
* Windows: Use haskell setenv library to clean up several ugly workarounds
for inability to manipulate the environment on windows. This includes
making git-annex not re-exec itself on start on windows, and making the
test suite on Windows run tests without forking.
* glacier: Fix pipe setup when calling glacier-cli to retrieve an object.
* info: When run on a single annexed file, displays some info about the
file, including its key and size.
* info: When passed the name or uuid of a remote, displays info about that
remote. Remotes that support encryption, chunking, or embedded
creds will include that in their info.
* enableremote: When the remote has creds, update the local creds cache
file. Before, the old version of the creds could be left there, and
would continue to be used.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:03:29 -0400

git-annex (5.20141013) unstable; urgency=medium

* Adjust cabal file to support building w/o assistant on the hurd.
* Support building with yesod 1.4.
* S3: Fix embedcreds=yes handling for the Internet Archive.
* map: Handle .git prefixed remote repos. Closes: #614759
* repair: Prevent auto gc from happening when fetching from a remote.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:13:06 -0400

git-annex (5.20140927) unstable; urgency=medium

* Really depend (not just build-depend) on new enough git for --no-gpg-sign
to work. Closes: #763057
* Add temporary workaround for bug #763078 which broke building on armel
and armhf.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:25:09 -0400

git-annex (5.20140926) unstable; urgency=high

* Depend on new enough git for --no-gpg-sign to work. Closes: #762446
* Work around failure to build on mips by using cabal, not Setup,
to build in debian/rules.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:09:02 -0400

git-annex (5.20140919) unstable; urgency=high

* Security fix for S3 and glacier when using embedcreds=yes with
encryption=pubkey or encryption=hybrid. CVE-2014-6274
The creds embedded in the git repo were *not* encrypted.
git-annex enableremote will warn when used on a remote that has
this problem. For details, see:
* assistant: Detect when repository has been deleted or moved, and
automatically shut down the assistant. Closes: #761261
* Windows: Avoid crashing trying to list gpg secret keys, for gcrypt
which is not yet supported on Windows.
* WebDav: Fix enableremote crash when the remote already exists.
(Bug introduced in version 5.20140817.)
* add: In direct mode, adding an annex symlink will check it into git,
as was already done in indirect mode.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:53:42 -0400

git-annex (5.20140915) unstable; urgency=medium

* New annex.hardlink setting. Closes: #758593
* init: Automatically detect when a repository was cloned with --shared,
and set annex.hardlink=true, as well as marking the repository as
* Fix parsing of ipv6 address in git remote address when it was not
formatted as an url.
* The annex-rsync-transport configuration is now also used when checking
if a key is present on a rsync remote, and when dropping a key from
the remote.
* Promote file not found warning message to an error.
* Fix transfer lock file FD leak that could occur when two separate
git-annex processes were both working to perform the same set of
* sync: Ensure that pending changes to git-annex branch are committed
before push when in direct mode. (Fixing a very minor reversion.)
* WORM backend: Switched to include the relative path to the file inside
the repository, rather than just the file's base name. Note that if you're
relying on such things to keep files separate with WORM, you should really
be using a better backend.
* Rather than crashing when there's a problem with the requested bloomfilter
capacity/accuracy, fall back to a reasonable default bloom filter size.
* Fix build with optparse-applicative 0.10. Closes: #761484
* webapp: Fixed visual glitch in xmpp pairing that was reported live by a
user who tracked me down in front of a coffee cart in Portland.
(New bug reporting method of choice?)

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:45:00 -0400

git-annex (5.20140831) unstable; urgency=medium

* Make --help work when not in a git repository. Closes: #758592
* Ensure that all lock fds are close-on-exec, fixing various problems with
them being inherited by child processes such as git commands.
* When accessing a local remote, shut down git-cat-file processes
afterwards, to ensure that remotes on removable media can be unmounted.
Closes: #758630
* Fix handing of autocorrection when running outside a git repository.
* Fix stub git-annex test support when built without tasty.
* Do not preserve permissions and acls when copying files from
one local git repository to another. Timestamps are still preserved
as long as cp --preserve=timestamps is supported. Closes: #729757

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:30:08 -0700

git-annex (5.20140817) unstable; urgency=medium

* New chunk= option to chunk files stored in special remotes.
Supported by: directory, S3, webdav, gcrypt, rsync, and all external
and hook special remotes.
* Partially transferred files are automatically resumed when using
chunked remotes!
* The old chunksize= option is deprecated. Do not use for new remotes.
* Legacy code for directory remotes using the old chunksize= option
will keep them working, but more slowly than before.
* webapp: Automatically install Konqueror integration scripts
to get and drop files.
* repair: Removing bad objects could leave fsck finding no more
unreachable objects, but some branches no longer accessible.
Fix this, including support for fixing up repositories that
were incompletely repaired before.
* Fix cost calculation for non-encrypted remotes.
* Display exception message when a transfer fails due to an exception.
* WebDAV: Sped up by avoiding making multiple http connections
when storing a file.
* WebDAV: Avoid buffering whole file in memory when uploading and
* WebDAV: Dropped support for DAV before 1.0.
* testremote: New command to test uploads/downloads to a remote.
* Dropping an object from a bup special remote now deletes the git branch
for the object, although of course the object's content cannot be deleted
due to the nature of bup.
* unlock: Better error handling; continue past files that are not available
or cannot be unlocked due to disk space, and try all specified files.
* Windows: Now uses actual inode equivilants in new direct mode
repositories, for safer detection of eg, renaming of files with the same
size and mtime.
* direct: Fix ugly warning messages.
* WORM backend: When adding a file in a subdirectory, avoid including the
subdirectory in the key name.
* S3, Glacier, WebDAV: Fix bug that prevented accessing the creds
when the repository was configured with encryption=shared embedcreds=yes.
* direct: Avoid leaving file content in misctemp if interrupted.
* git-annex-shell sendkey: Don't fail if a remote asks for a key to be sent
that already has a transfer lock file indicating it's being sent to that
remote. The remote may have moved between networks, or reconnected.
* Switched from the old haskell HTTP library to http-conduit.

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:30:58 -0400

git-annex (5.20140717) unstable; urgency=high

* Fix minor FD leak in journal code. Closes: #754608
* direct: Fix handling of case where a work tree subdirectory cannot
be written to due to permissions.
* migrate: Avoid re-checksumming when migrating from hashE to hash backend.
* uninit: Avoid failing final removal in some direct mode repositories
due to file modes.
* S3: Deal with AWS ACL configurations that do not allow creating or
checking the location of a bucket, but only reading and writing content to
* resolvemerge: New plumbing command that runs the automatic merge conflict
* Deal with change in git 2.0 that made indirect mode merge conflict
resolution leave behind old files.
* sync: Fix git sync with local git remotes even when they don't have an
annex.uuid set. (The assistant already did so.)
* Set gcrypt-publish-participants when setting up a gcrypt repository,
to avoid unncessary passphrase prompts.
This is a security/usability tradeoff. To avoid exposing the gpg key
ids who can decrypt the repository, users can unset
* Install nautilus hooks even when ~/.local/share/nautilus/ does not yet
exist, since it is not automatically created for Gnome 3 users.
* Windows: Move .vbs files out of git\bin, to avoid that being in the
PATH, which caused some weird breakage. (Thanks, divB)
* Windows: Fix locking issue that prevented the webapp starting
(since 5.20140707).

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27:25 -0400

git-annex (5.20140709) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix race in direct mode merge code that could cause all files in the
repository to be removed. It should be able to recover repositories
experiencing this bug without data loss. See:
* Fix git version that supported --no-gpg-sign.
* Fix bug in automatic merge conflict resolution, when one side is an
annexed symlink, and the other side is a non-annexed symlink.
* Really fix bug that caused the assistant to make many unncessary
empty merge commits.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:28:03 -0400

git-annex (5.20140707) unstable; urgency=medium

* assistant: Fix bug, introduced in last release, that caused the assistant
to make many unncessary empty merge commits.
* assistant: Fix one-way assistant->assistant sync in direct mode.
* Fix bug in annex.queuesize calculation that caused much more
queue flushing than necessary.
* importfeed: When annex.genmetadata is set, metadata from the feed
is added to files that are imported from it.
* Support users who have set commit.gpgsign, by disabling gpg signatures
for git-annex branch commits and commits made by the assistant.
* Fix memory leak when committing millions of changes to the git-annex
branch, eg after git-annex add has run on 2 million files in one go.
* Support building with bloomfilter 2.0.0.
* Run standalone install process when the assistant is started
(was only being run when the webapp was opened).
* Android: patch git to avoid fchmod, which fails on /sdcard.
* Windows: Got rid of that pesky DOS box when starting the webapp.
* Windows: Added Startup menu item so assistant starts automatically
on login.
* Windows: Fix opening file browser from webapp when repo is in a
directory with spaces.
* Windows: Assistant now logs to daemon.log.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:24:13 -0400

git-annex (5.20140613) unstable; urgency=medium

* Ignore setsid failures.
* Avoid leaving behind .tmp files when failing in some cases, including
importing files to a disk that is full.
* Avoid bad commits after interrupted direct mode sync (or merge).
* Fix build with wai 0.3.0.
* Deal with FAT's low resolution timestamps, which in combination with
Linux's caching of higher res timestamps while a FAT is mounted, caused
direct mode repositories on FAT to seem to have modified files after
they were unmounted and remounted.
* Windows: Fix opening webapp when repository is in a directory with
spaces in the path.
* Detect when Windows has lost its mind in a timezone change, and
automatically apply a delta to the timestamps it returns, to get back to
sane values.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:58:07 -0400

git-annex (5.20140606) unstable; urgency=medium

* webapp: When adding a new local repository, fix bug that caused its
group and preferred content to be set in the current repository,
even when not combining.
* webapp: Avoid stomping on existing description, group and
preferred content settings when enabling or combining with
an already existing remote.
* assistant: Make sanity checker tmp dir cleanup code more robust.
* unused: Avoid checking view branches for unused files.
* webapp: Include ssh port in mangled hostname.
* Windows: Fix bug introduced in last release that caused files
in the git-annex branch to have lines teminated with \r.
* Windows: Fix retrieving of files from local bare git repositories.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:54:06 -0400

git-annex (5.20140529) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix encoding of data written to git-annex branch. Avoid truncating
unicode characters to 8 bits. Allow any encoding to be used, as with
filenames (but utf8 is the sane choice). Affects metadata and repository
descriptions, and preferred content expressions.
* assistant: When there are multiple remotes giving different ways
to access the same repository, honor remote cost settings and use
the cheapest available.
* webapp: More robust startup when annex directory is not a git repo.
* initremote/enableremote: Basic support for using with regular git remotes;
initremote stores the location of an already existing git remote,
and enableremote setups up a remote using its stored location.
* webapp: Support for enabling known git repositories on ssh servers.
The repository must have been added using initremote.
* webapp: When setting up a ssh remote, record it using initremote,
so that it can be easily enabled elsewhere.
* webapp: When setting up a ssh remote, if the user inputs ~/foo,
normalize that to foo, since it's in the home directory by default.
* Use exceptions in place of deprecated MonadCatchIO-transformers
Thanks, Ben Gamari.
* android: Run busybox install with -s, since some versions of Android
prohibit making hard links.
* Android webapp: Fix EvilSplicer bugs that mangled the css files,
preventing icons from displaying, and also slightly broke the js files.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:41:56 -0400

git-annex (5.20140517) unstable; urgency=medium

* webapp: Switched to bootstrap 3.
Thanks, Sören Brunk.
* Standalone builds now check gpg signatures before upgrading.
* Simplified repository description line format. The remote name,
if any, is always in square brackets after the description.
* assistant: Clean up stale tmp files on startup.
* webapp: Better ssh password prompting.
* Depend on git-remote-gcrypt 0.20130908-6. Older versions
fail when the assistant is run with no controlling tty.
* Added ddar special remote.
Thanks, Robie Basak.
* webapp: Fixed drag and drop to reorder the list of remotes.
* group: When no groups are specified to set, lists the current groups
of a repository.
* Add remote.$name.annex-shell configuration.
Thanks, Fraser Tweedale
* Support symlinking git-annex and git-annex-shell
from the Linux standalone bundle into PATH.
Thanks, jlebar.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 17 May 2014 13:30:39 -0400

git-annex (5.20140421) unstable; urgency=medium

* assistant: Now detects immediately when other repositories push
changes to a ssh remote, and pulls.
** XMPP is no longer needed in this configuration! **
This requires the remote server have git-annex-shell with
notifychanges support (>= 5.20140405)
* webapp: Show a network signal icon next to ssh and xmpp remotes that
it's currently connected with.
* webapp: Rework xmpp nudge to prompt for either xmpp or a ssh remote
to be set up.
* sync, assistant, remotedaemon: Use ssh connection caching for git pushes
and pulls.
* remotedaemon: When network connection is lost, close all cached ssh
* Improve handling of monthly/yearly scheduling.
* Avoid depending on shakespeare except for when building the webapp.
* uninit: Avoid making unncessary copies of files.
* info: Allow use in a repository where annex.uuid is not set.
* reinit: New command that can initialize a new repository using
the configuration of a previously known repository.
Useful if a repository got deleted and you want
to clone it back the way it was.
* drop --from: When local repository is untrusted, its copy of a file does
not count.
* Bring back rsync -p, but only when git-annex is running on a non-crippled
file system. This is a better approach to fix #700282 while not
unncessarily losing file permissions on non-crippled systems.
* webapp: Start even if the current directory is listed in
~/.config/git-annex/autostart but no longer has a git repository in it.
* findref: New command, like find but shows files in a specified git ref.
* webapp: Fix UI for removing XMPP connection.
* When init detects that git is not configured to commit, and sets to work around the problem, also make it set
* webapp: Support using git-annex on a remote server, which was installed
from the standalone tarball or OSX app, and so does not have
git-annex in PATH (and may also not have git or rsync in PATH).
* standalone tarball, OSX app: Install a ~/.ssh/git-annex-wrapper, which
can be used to run git-annex, git, rsync, etc.

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:43:14 -0400

git-annex (5.20140412) unstable; urgency=high

* Last release didn't quite fix the high cpu issue in all cases, this should.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:14:38 -0400

git-annex (5.20140411) unstable; urgency=high

* 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.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:59:49 -0400

git-annex (5.20140405) unstable; urgency=medium

* 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

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:54:33 -0400

git-annex (5.20140402) unstable; urgency=medium

* 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.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:42:53 -0400

git-annex (5.20140320) unstable; urgency=medium

* 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
* 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
* Windows: Fix some filename encoding bugs.
* rsync special remote: Fix slashes when used on Windows.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:21:12 -0400

git-annex (5.20140306) unstable; urgency=high

* sync: Fix bug in direct mode that caused a file that was not
checked into git to be deleted when there was a conflicting
merge with a remote.
* webapp: Now supports HTTPS.
* webapp: No longer supports a port specified after --listen, since
it was buggy, and that use case is better supported by setting up HTTPS.
* annex.listen can be configured, instead of using --listen
* annex.startupscan can be set to false to disable the assistant's startup
* Probe for quvi version at run time.
* webapp: Filter out from Switch Repository list any
repositories listed in autostart file that don't have a
git directory anymore. (Or are bare)
* webapp: Refuse to start in a bare git repository.
* assistant --autostart: Refuse to start in a bare git repository.
* webapp: Don't list the public repository group when editing a
git repository; it only makes sense for special remotes.
* view, vfilter: Add support for filtering tags and values out of a view,
using !tag and field!=value.
* vadd: Allow listing multiple desired values for a field.
* view: Refuse to enter a view when no branch is currently checked out.
* metadata: To only set a field when it's not already got a value, use
-s field?=value
* Run .git/hooks/pre-commit-annex whenever a commit is made.
* sync: Automatically resolve merge conflict between and annexed file
and a regular git file.
* glacier: Pass --region to glacier checkpresent.
* webdav: When built with a new enough haskell DAV (0.6), disable
the http response timeout, which was only 5 seconds.
* webapp: Include no-pty in ssh authorized_keys lines.
* assistant: Smarter log file rotation, which takes free disk space
into account.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:28:04 -0400

git-annex (5.20140227) unstable; urgency=medium

* metadata: Field names limited to alphanumerics and a few whitelisted
punctuation characters to avoid issues with views, etc.
* metadata: Field names are now case insensative.
* When constructing views, metadata is available about the location of the
file in the view's reference branch. Allows incorporating parts of the
directory hierarchy in a view.
For example `git annex view tag=* podcasts/=*` makes a view in the form
* --metadata field=value can now use globs to match, and matches
case insensatively, the same as git annex view field=value does.
* annex.genmetadata can be set to make git-annex automatically set
metadata (year and month) when adding files.
* Make annex.web-options be used in several places that call curl.
* Fix handling of rsync remote urls containing a username,
* Preserve metadata when staging a new version of an annexed file.
* metadata: Support --json
* webapp: Fix creation of and Amazon S3 and Glacier
repositories, broken in 5.20140221.
* webdav: When built with DAV 0.6.0, use the new DAV monad to avoid
locking files, which is not needed by git-annex's use of webdav, and
does not work on
* webdav: Fix path separator bug when used on Windows.
* repair: Optimise unpacking of pack files, and avoid repeated error
messages about corrupt pack files.
* Add build dep on regex-compat to fix build on mipsel, which lacks
* Disable test suite on sparc, which is missing optparse-applicative.
* Put non-object tmp files in .git/annex/misctmp, leaving .git/annex/tmp
for only partially transferred objects.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:34:19 -0400

git-annex (5.20140221) unstable; urgency=medium

* metadata: New command that can attach metadata to files.
* --metadata can be used to limit commands to acting on files
that have particular metadata.
* Preferred content expressions can use metadata=field=value
to limit them to acting on files that have particular metadata.
* view: New command that creates and checks out a branch that provides
a structured view of selected metadata.
* vfilter, vadd, vpop, vcycle: New commands for operating within views.
* pre-commit: Update metadata when committing changes to locations
of annexed files within a view.
* Add progress display for transfers to/from external special remotes.
* unused: Fix to actually detect unused keys when in direct mode.
* fsck: When run with --all or --unused, while .gitattributes
annex.numcopies cannot be honored since it's operating on keys
instead of files, make it honor the global numcopies setting,
and the annex.numcopies git config setting.
* trust, untrust, semitrust, dead: Warn when the trust level is
overridden in .git/config.
* glacier: Do not try to run glacier value create when an existing glacier
remote is enabled.
* fsck: Refuse to do anything if more than one of --incremental, --more,
and --incremental-schedule are given, since it's not clear which option
should win.
* Windows webapp: Can set up, Amazon S3, and remotes
* Windows webapp: Can create repos on removable drives.
* Windows: Ensure HOME is set, as needed by bundled cygwin utilities.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:23:59 -0400

git-annex (5.20140210) unstable; urgency=medium

* --in can now refer to files that were located in a repository at
some past date. For example, --in="here@{yesterday}"
* Fixed direct mode annexed content locking code, which is used to
guard against recursive file drops.
* This is the first beta-level release of the Windows port with important
fixes (see below).
(The webapp and assistant are still alpha-level on Windows.)
* sync --content: Honor annex-ignore configuration.
* sync: Don't try to sync with xmpp remotes, which are only currently
supported when using the assistant.
* sync --content: Re-pull from remotes after downloading content,
since that can take a while and other changes may be pushed in the
* sync --content: Reuse smart copy code from copy command, including
handling and repairing out of date location tracking info.
Closes: #737480
* sync --content: Drop files from remotes that don't want them after
getting them.
* sync: Fix bug in automatic merge conflict resolution code when used
on a filesystem not supporting symlinks, which resulted in it losing
track of the symlink bit of annexed files.
* Added ways to configure rsync options to be used only when uploading
or downloading from a remote. Useful to eg limit upload bandwidth.
* Fix initremote with encryption=pubkey to work with S3, glacier, webdav,
and external special remotes.
* Avoid building with DAV 0.6 which is badly broken (see #737902).
* Fix dropping of unused keys with spaces in their name.
* Fix build on platforms not supporting the webapp.
* Document in man page that sshcaching uses ssh ControlMaster.
Closes: #737476
* Windows: It's now safe to run multiple git-annex processes concurrently
on Windows; the lock files have been sorted out.
* Windows: Avoid using unix-compat's rename, which refuses to rename
* Windows: Fix deletion of repositories by test suite and webapp.
* Windows: Test suite 100% passes again.
* Windows: Fix bug in symlink calculation code.
* Windows: Fix handling of absolute unix-style git repository paths.
* Android: Avoid crashing when unable to set file mode for ssh config file
due to Android filesystem horribleness.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:54:57 -0400

git-annex (5.20140127) unstable; urgency=medium

* sync --content: New option that makes the content of annexed files be
transferred. Similar to the assistant, this honors any configured
preferred content expressions.
* Remove --json option from commands not supporting it.
* status: Support --json.
* list: Fix specifying of files to list.
* Allow --all to be mixed with matching options like --copies and --in
(but not --include and --exclude).
* numcopies: New command, sets global numcopies value that is seen by all
clones of a repository.
* The annex.numcopies git config setting is deprecated. Once the numcopies
command is used to set the global number of copies, any annex.numcopies
git configs will be ignored.
* assistant: Make the prefs page set the global numcopies.
* Add lackingcopies, approxlackingcopies, and unused to
preferred content expressions.
* Client, transfer, incremental backup, and archive repositories
now want to get content that does not yet have enough copies.
* Client, transfer, and source repositories now do not want to retain
unused file contents.
* assistant: Checks daily for unused file contents, and when possible
moves them to a repository (such as a backup repository) that
wants to retain them.
* assistant: annex.expireunused can be configured to cause unused
file contents to be deleted after some period of time.
* webapp: Nudge user to see if they want to expire old unused file
contents when a lot of them seem to be piling up in the repository.
* repair: Check git version at run time.
* assistant: Run the periodic git gc in batch mode.
* added config option.
* test suite: Use tasty-rerun, and expose tasty command-line options.
* Optimise non-bare http remotes; no longer does a 404 to the wrong
url every time before trying the right url. Needs annex-bare to be
set to false, which is done when initially probing the uuid of a
http remote.
* webapp: After upgrading a git repository to git-annex, fix
bug that made it temporarily not be synced with.
* whereis: Support --all.
* All commands that support --all also support a --key option,
which limits them to acting on a single key.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:43:28 -0400

git-annex (5.20140117) unstable; urgency=medium

* Really fix FTBFS on mipsel and sparc due to test suite not being available
on those architectures.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:46:27 -0400

git-annex (5.20140116) unstable; urgency=medium

* Added tahoe special remote.
* external special remote protocol: Added GETGITDIR, and GETAVAILABILITY.
* Refuse to build with git older than, which is needed for
git checkout -B
* map: Fix display of v5 direct mode repos.
* repair: Support old git versions from before git fsck --no-dangling was
* Fix a long-standing bug that could cause the wrong index file to be used
when committing to the git-annex branch, if GIT_INDEX_FILE is set in the
environment. This typically resulted in git-annex branch log files being
committed to the master branch and later showing up in the work tree.
(These log files can be safely removed.)
* assistant: Detect if .git/annex/index is corrupt at startup, and
* repair: Fix bug in packed refs file exploding code that caused a .gitrefs
directory to be created instead of .git/refs
* Fix FTBFS on mipsel and sparc due to test suite not being available
on those architectures.
* Android: Avoid passing --clobber to busybox wget.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:34:54 -0400

git-annex (5.20140107) unstable; urgency=medium

* mirror: Support --all (and --unused).
* external special remote protocol: Added GETUUID, GETWANTED, SETWANTED,
* Windows: Fix bug in direct mode merge code that could cause files
in subdirectories to go missing.
* Windows: Avoid eating stdin when running ssh to add a authorized key,
since this is used for password prompting.
* Avoid looping if long-running git cat-file or git hash-object crashes
and keeps crashing when restarted.
* Assistant: Remove stale MERGE_HEAD files in lockfile cleanup.
* Remotes can now be made read-only, by setting remote.<name>.annex-readonly
* wanted, schedule: Avoid printing "ok" after requested value.
* assistant: Ensure that .ssh/config and .ssh/authorized_keys are not
group or world writable when writing to those files, as that can make
ssh refuse to use them, if it allows another user to write to them.
* addurl, importfeed: Honor annex.diskreserve as long as the size of the
url can be checked.
* add: Fix rollback when disk is completely full.
* assistant: Fixed several minor memory leaks that manifested when
adding a large number of files.
* assistant: Start a new git-annex transferkeys process
after a network connection change, so that remotes that use a persistent
network connection are restarted.
* Adjust Debian build deps to match current state of sparc, mipsel.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:22:18 -0400

git-annex (5.20131230) unstable; urgency=medium

* Added new external special remote interface.
* importfeed: Support youtube playlists.
* Add tasty to build-depends, so that test suite builds again.
(tasty was stuck in incoming.)
* Fix typo in test suite.
* Fix bug in Linux standalone build's shimming that broke git-annex-shell.
* Include git-receive-pack, git-upload-pack, git, and git-shell wrappers
in the Linux standalone build, and OSX app, so they will be available
when it's added to PATH.
* addurl, importfeed: Sanitize | and some other symbols and special
* Auto-upgrade v3 indirect repos to v5 with no changes.
This also fixes a problem when a direct mode repo was somehow set to v3
rather than v4, and so the automatic direct mode upgrade to v5 was not
* Android: Avoid trying to use Android's own ionice, which does not
allow specifying a command to run. Fixes transferring files to/from
android and probably a few other things.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:13:40 -0400

git-annex (5.20131221) unstable; urgency=low

* assistant: Fix OSX-specific bug that caused the startup scan to try to
follow symlinks to other directories, and add their contents to the annex.
* assistant: Set StrictHostKeyChecking yes when creating ssh remotes,
and add it to the configuration for any ssh remotes previously created
by the assistant. This avoids repeated prompts by ssh if the host key
changes, instead syncing with such a remote will fail. Closes: #732602
* Fix test suite to cover lock --force change.
* Add plumbing-level lookupkey and examinekey commands.
* find --format: Added hashdirlower, hashdirmixed, keyname, and mtime
format variables.
* assistant: Always batch changes found in startup scan.
* An armel Linux standalone build is now available, which includes the
* Programs from Linux and OSX standalone builds can now be symlinked
into a directory in PATH as an alternative installation method, and will
use readlink to find where the build was unpacked.
* Include man pages in Linux and OSX standalone builds.
* Linux standalone build now includes its own glibc and forces the linker to
use it, to remove dependence on the host glibc.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:00:17 -0400

git-annex (5.20131213) unstable; urgency=low

* Avoid using git commit in direct mode, since in some situations
it will read the full contents of files in the tree.
* assistant: Batch jobs are now run with ionice and nocache, when
those commands are available.
* assistant: Run transferkeys as batch jobs.
* Automatically fix up bad bare repositories created by
versions 5.20131118 through 5.20131127.
* rsync special remote: Fix fallback mode for rsync remotes that
use hashDirMixed. Closes: #731142
* copy --from, get --from: When --force is used, ignore the
location log and always try to get the file from the remote.
* Deal with changing the url of their webdav endpoint.
* Android: Fix SRV record lookups for XMPP to use android getprop
command to find DNS server, since there is no resolv.conf.
* import: Add --skip-duplicates option.
* lock: Require --force. Closes: #731606
* import: better handling of overwriting an existing file/directory/broken
link when importing
* Windows: assistant and webapp work! (very experimental)
* Windows: Support annex.diskreserve.
* Fix bad behavior in Firefox, which was caused by an earlier fix to
bad behavior in Chromium.
* repair: Improve repair of git-annex index file.
* repair: Remove damaged git-annex sync branches.
* status: Ignore new files that are gitignored.
* Fix direct mode's handling when modifications to non-annexed files
are pulled from a remote. A bug prevented the files from being updated
in the work tree, and this caused the modification to be reverted.
* OSX: Remove ssh and ssh-keygen from dmg as they're included in OSX by

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:20:32 -0400

git-annex (5.20131130) unstable; urgency=low

* init: Fix a bug that caused git annex init, when run in a bare
repository, to set core.bare=false.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:32:35 -0400

git-annex (5.20131127.1) unstable; urgency=low

* Rebuild that does not try to use quvi 0.9 from experimental.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 07:57:36 -0400

git-annex (5.20131127) unstable; urgency=low

* webapp: Detect when upgrades are available, and upgrade if the user
(Only when git-annex is installed using the prebuilt binaries
from git-annex upstream, not from eg Debian.)
* assistant: Detect when the git-annex binary is modified or replaced,
and either prompt the user to restart the program, or automatically
restart it.
* annex.autoupgrade configures both the above upgrade behaviors.
* Added support for quvi 0.9. Slightly suboptimal due to limitations in its
interface compared with the old version.
* Bug fix: annex.version did not get set on automatic upgrade to v5 direct
mode repo, so the upgrade was performed repeatedly, slowing commands down.
* webapp: Fix bug that broke switching between local repositories
that use the new guarded direct mode.
* Android: Fix stripping of the git-annex binary.
* Android: Make terminal app show git-annex version number.
* Android: Re-enable XMPP support.
* reinject: Allow to be used in direct mode.
* Futher improvements to git repo repair. Has now been tested in tens
of thousands of intentionally damaged repos, and successfully
repaired them all.
* Allow use of --unused in bare repository.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:41:44 -0400

git-annex (5.20131120) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix Debian package to not try to run test suite, since haskell-tasty
is not out of new or in Build-Depends yet.
* dropunused, addunused: Allow "all" instead of a range to
act on all unused data.
* Ensure execute bit is set on directories when core.sharedrepository is set.
* Ensure that core.sharedrepository is honored when creating the .git/annex
* Improve repair code in the case where the index file is corrupt,
and this hides other problems from git fsck.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:54:18 -0400

git-annex (5.20131118) unstable; urgency=low

* Direct mode repositories now have core.bare=true set, to prevent
accidentally running git commands that try to operate on the work tree,
and so do the wrong thing in direct mode.
* annex.version is now set to 5 for direct mode repositories.
This upgrade is handled fully automatically, no need to run
git annex upgrade
* The "status" command has been renamed to "info", to allow
"git annex status" to be used in direct mode repositories, now that
"git status" won't work in them.
* The -c option now not only modifies the git configuration seen by
git-annex, but it is passed along to every git command git-annex runs.
* watcher: Avoid loop when adding a file owned by someone else fails
in indirect mode because its permissions cannot be modified.
* webapp: Avoid encoding problems when displaying the daemon log file.
* webapp: Improve UI around remote that have no annex.uuid set,
either because setup of them is incomplete, or because the remote
git repository is not a git-annex repository.
* Include ssh-keygen in standalone bundle.
* Allow optionally configuring git-annex with -fEKG to enable awesome
remote monitoring interfaceat http://localhost:4242/
* Fix bug that caused bad information to be written to the git-annex branch
when running describe or other commands with a remote that has no uuid.
* Work around Android linker problem that had prevented git-annex from
running on Android 4.3 and 4.4.
* repair: Handle case where index file is corrupt, but all objects are ok.
* assistant: Notice on startup when the index file is corrupt, and
* Fix direct mode merge bug when a direct mode file was deleted and replaced
with a directory. An ordering problem caused the directory to not get
created in this case.
Thanks to Tim for the test case.
* Direct mode .git/annex/objects directories are no longer left writable,
because that allowed writing to symlinks of files that are not present,
which followed the link and put bad content in an object location.
Thanks to Tim for the test case.
* fsck: Fix up .git/annex/object directory permissions.
* Switched to the tasty test framework.
* Android: Adjust default .gitignore to ignore .thumbnails at any location
in the tree, not just at its top.
* webapp: Check annex.version.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:45:43 -0400

git-annex (4.20131106) unstable; urgency=low

* Improve local pairing behavior when two computers both try to start
the pairing process separately.
* sync: Work even when the local git repository is new and empty,
with no master branch.
* gcrypt, bup: Fix bug that prevented using these special remotes
with encryption=pubkey.
* Fix enabling of gcrypt repository accessed over ssh;
git-annex-shell gcryptsetup had a bug that caused it to fail
with permission denied.
* Fix zombie process that occurred when switching between repository
views in the webapp.
* map: Work when there are gcrypt remotes.
* Fix build w/o webapp.
* Fix exception handling bug that could cause .git/annex/index to be used
for git commits outside the git-annex branch. Known to affect git-annex
when used with the git shipped with Ubuntu 13.10.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:17:47 -0400

git-annex (4.20131101) unstable; urgency=low

* The "git annex content" command is renamed to "git annex wanted".
* New --want-get and --want-drop options which can be used to
test preferred content settings.
For example, "git annex find --in . --want-drop"
* assistant: When autostarted, wait 5 seconds before running the startup
scan, to avoid contending with the user's desktop login process.
* webapp: When setting up a bare shared repository, enable non-fast-forward
* sync: Show a hint about receive.denyNonFastForwards when a push fails.
* directory, webdav: Fix bug introduced in version 4.20131002 that
caused the chunkcount file to not be written. Work around repositories
without such a file, so files can still be retreived from them.
* assistant: Automatically repair damanged git repository, if it can
be done without losing data.
* assistant: Support repairing git remotes that are locally accessible
(eg, on removable drives).
* add: Fix reversion in 4.20130827 when adding unlocked files that have
not yet been committed.
* unannex: New, much slower, but more safe behavior: Copies files out of
the annex. This avoids an unannex of one file breaking other files that
link to the same content. Also, it means that the content
remains in the annex using up space until cleaned up with
"git annex unused".
(The behavior of unannex --fast has not changed; it still hard links
to content in the annex. --fast was not made the default because it is
potentially unsafe; editing such a hard linked file can unexpectedly
change content stored in the annex.)

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:34:27 -0400

git-annex (4.20131024) unstable; urgency=low

* webapp: Fix bug when adding a remote and git-remote-gcrypt
is not installed.
* The assitant can now run scheduled incremental fsck jobs on the local
repository and remotes. These can be configured using vicfg or with the
* repair: New command, which can repair damaged git repositories
(even ones not using git-annex).
* webapp: When git repository damange is detected, repairs can be
done using the webapp UI.
* Automatically and safely detect and recover from dangling
.git/annex/index.lock files, which would prevent git from
committing to the git-annex branch, eg after a crash.
* assistant: Detect stale git lock files at startup time, and remove them.
* addurl: Better sanitization of generated filenames.
* Better sanitization of problem characters when generating URL and WORM
* The control socket path passed to ssh needs to be 17 characters
shorter than the maximum unix domain socket length, because ssh
appends stuff to it to make a temporary filename. Closes: #725512
* status: Fix space leak in local mode, introduced in version 4.20130920.
* import: Skip .git directories.
* Remove bogus runshell loop check.
* addurl: Improve message when adding url with wrong size to existing file.
* Fixed handling of URL keys that have no recorded size.
* status: Fix a crash if a temp file went away while its size was
being checked for status.
* Deal with git check-attr -z output format change in git 1.8.5.
* Work around sed output difference that led to version containing a newline
on OSX.
* sync: Fix automatic resolution of merge conflicts where one side is an
annexed file, and the other side is a non-annexed file, or a directory.
* S3: Try to ensure bucket name is valid for
* assistant: Bug fix: When run in a subdirectory, files from incoming merges
were wrongly added to that subdirectory, and removed from their original
* Windows: Deal with strange msysgit 1.8.4 behavior of not understanding
DOS formatted paths for --git-dir and --work-tree.
* Removed workaround for bug in git 1.8.4r0.
* Added git-recover-repository command to git-annex source
(not built by default; this needs to move to someplace else).
* webapp: Move sidebar to the right hand side of the screen.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:59:55 -0400

git-annex (4.20131002) unstable; urgency=low

* Note that the layout of gcrypt repositories has changed, and
if you created one you must manually upgrade it.
* webapp: Support setting up and using encrypted git repositories on
any ssh server, as well as on
* git-annex-shell: Added support for operating inside gcrypt repositories.
* Disable receive.denyNonFastForwards when setting up a gcrypt special
remote, since gcrypt needs to be able to fast-forward the master branch.
* import: Preserve top-level directory structure.
* Use cryptohash rather than SHA for hashing when no external hash program
is available. This is a significant speedup for SHA256 on OSX, for
* Added SKEIN256 and SKEIN512 backends.
* Android build redone from scratch, many dependencies updated,
and entire build can now be done using provided scripts.
* assistant: Clear the list of failed transfers when doing a full transfer
scan. This prevents repeated retries to download files that are not
available, or are not referenced by the current git tree.
* indirect, direct: Better behavior when a file is not owned by
the user running the conversion.
* add, import, assistant: Better preserve the mtime of symlinks,
when when adding content that gets deduplicated.
* Send a git-annex user-agent when downloading urls.
Overridable with --user-agent option.
(Not yet done for S3 or WebDAV due to limitations of libraries used.)
* webapp: Fixed a bug where when a new remote is added, one file
may fail to sync to or from it due to the transferrer process not
yet knowing about the new remote.
* OSX: Bundled gpg upgraded, now compatible with config files
written by MacGPG.
* assistant: More robust inotify handling; avoid crashing if a directory
cannot be read.
* Moved list of backends and remote types from status to version

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:00:39 -0400

git-annex (4.20130920) unstable; urgency=low

* webapp: Initial support for setting up encrypted removable drives.
* Recommend using my patched gcrypt, which fixes some bugs:
* Support hot-swapping of removable drives containing gcrypt repositories.
* list: New command, displays a compact table of remotes that
contain files.
(Thanks, anarcat for display code and mastensg for inspiration.)
* fsck: Fix detection and fixing of present direct mode files that are
wrongly represented as standin symlinks on crippled filesystems.
* sync: Fix bug that caused direct mode mappings to not be updated
when merging files into the tree on Windows.
* sync: Don't fail if the directory it is run in gets removed by the
* addurl: Fix quvi audodetection, broken in last release.
* status: In local mode, displays information about variance from configured
numcopies levels. (--fast avoids calculating these)
* gcrypt: Ensure that signing key is set to one of the participants keys.
* webapp: Show encryption information when editing a remote.
* Avoid unnecessarily catting non-symlink files from git, which can be
so large it runs out of memory.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:34:51 -0400

git-annex (4.20130911) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix problem with test suite in non-unicode locale.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:14:16 -0400

git-annex (4.20130909) unstable; urgency=low

* initremote: Syntax change when setting up an encrypted special remote.
Now use keyid=$KEYID rather than the old encryption=$KEYID
* forget: New command, causes git-annex branch history to be forgotten
in a way that will spread to other clones of the repository.
(As long as they're running this version or newer of git-annex.)
* forget --drop-dead: Completely removes mentions of repositories that
have been marked as dead from the git-annex branch.
* sync, assistant: Force push of the git-annex branch. Necessary
to ensure it gets pushed to remotes after being rewritten by forget.
* Added gcrypt support. This combines a fully encrypted git
repository (using git-remote-gcrypt) with an encrypted git-annex special
* sync: Support syncing with gcrypt remotes.
* importfeed: Also ignore transient problems with downloading content
from feeds.
* Honor core.sharedrepository when receiving and adding files in direct
* enableremote: gpg keys can be removed from those a remote encrypts
to by passing "keyid-=$KEYID". keyid+= is also provided.
(Thanks, guilhem for the patch.)
* Added encryption=pubkey scheme, which encrypts to public keys directly
rather than the hybrid approach. See documentation for advantages
and disadvantages, but encryption=hybrid is the recommended scheme still.
(Thanks, guilhem for the patch.)
* Fix Feeds display in build flags.
* Remind user when annex-ignore is set for some remotes, if unable to
get or drop a file, possibly because it's on an ignored remote.
* gpg: Force --no-textmode in case the user has it turned on in config.
* webapp: Improve javascript's handling of longpolling connection
failures, by reloading the current page in this case.
Works around chromium behavior where ajax connections to urls
that were already accessed are denied after navigating back to
a previous page.
* Allow building without quvi support.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 09:47:02 -0400

git-annex (4.20130827) unstable; urgency=low

* Youtube support! (And 53 other video hosts). When quvi is installed,
git-annex addurl automatically uses it to detect when an page is
a video, and downloads the video file.
* web special remote: Also support using quvi, for getting files,
or checking if files exist in the web.
* unused: Is now a minimum of 30 times faster, and typically many
more times than that (when a repository has several branches).
(Thanks, guilhem for the patch.)
* unused: Fix bugs in two edge cases involving manually staged changes.
(Thanks, guilhem for the patch.)
* Android: Fix bug in terminal app that caused it to spin using much
CPU and battery. This problem was introduced in version 4.20130601.
* sync, merge: Bug fix: Don't try to merge into master when in a bare repo.
* import: Add options to control handling of duplicate files:
--duplicate, --deduplicate, and --clean-duplicates
* mirror: New command, makes two repositories contain the same set of files.
* Set --clobber when running wget to ensure resuming works properly.
* Unescape characters in 'file://...' URIs. (Thanks, guilhem for the patch.)
* Better error message when trying to use a git remote that has annex.ignore
* Fix bug that caused typechanged symlinks to be assumed to be unlocked
files, so they were added to the annex by the pre-commit hook.
* Debian: Run the builtin test suite as an autopkgtest.
* Debian: Recommend ssh-askpass, which ssh will use when the assistant
is run w/o a tty. Closes: #719832

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:03:00 -0400

git-annex (4.20130815) unstable; urgency=low

* assistant, watcher: .gitignore files and other git ignores are now
honored, when git 1.8.4 or newer is installed.
(Thanks, Adam Spiers, for getting the necessary support into git for this.)
* importfeed: Ignores transient problems with feeds. Only exits nonzero
when a feed has repeatedly had a problems for at least 1 day.
* importfeed: Fix handling of dots in extensions.
* Windows: Added support for encrypted special remotes.
* Windows: Fixed permissions problem that prevented removing files
from directory special remote. Directory special remotes now fully usable.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:14:33 +0200

git-annex (4.20130802) unstable; urgency=low

* dropunused behavior change: Now refuses to drop the last copy of a
file, unless you use the --force.
This was the last place in git-annex that could remove data referred
to by the git history, without being forced.
Like drop, dropunused checks remotes, and honors the global
annex.numcopies setting. (However, .gitattributes settings cannot
apply to unused files.)
* Fix inverted logic in last release's fix for data loss bug,
that caused git-annex sync on FAT or other crippled filesystems to add
symlink standin files to the annex.
* importfeed can be used to import files from podcast feeds.
* webapp: When setting up a dedicated ssh key to access the annex
on a host, set IdentitiesOnly to prevent the ssh-agent from forcing
use of a different ssh key. That could result in unncessary password
prompts, or prevent git-annex-shell from being run on the remote host.
* webapp: Improve handling of remotes whose setup has stalled.
* Add status message to XMPP presence tag, to identify to others that
the client is a git-annex client. Closes: #717652
* webapp: When creating a repository on a removable drive, set
core.fsyncobjectfiles, to help prevent data loss when the drive is yanked.
* Always build with -threaded, to avoid a deadlock when communicating with
* unused: No longer shows as unused tmp files that are actively being
* assistant: Fix NetWatcher to not sync with remotes that have
remote.<name>.annex-sync set to false.
* assistant: Fix deadlock that could occur when adding a lot of files
at once in indirect mode.
* assistant: Fix bug that caused it to stall when adding a very large
number of files at once (around 5 thousand).
* OSX: Make git-annex-webapp run in the background, so that the app icon
can be clicked on the open a new webapp when the assistant is already
* Improve test suite on Windows; now tests git annex sync.
* Fix a few bugs involving filenames that are at or near the filesystem's
maximum filename length limit.
* find: Avoid polluting stdout with progress messages. Closes: #718186
* Escape ':' in file/directory names to avoid it being treated
as a pathspec by some git commands. Closes: #718185
* Slow and ugly work around for bug #718517 in git 1.8.4~rc0, which broke
git-cat-file --batch for filenames containing spaces.
(Will be reverted after next git pre-release fixes the problem.)

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:35:16 -0400

git-annex (4.20130723) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix data loss bug when adding an (uncompressed) tarball of a
git-annex repository, or other file that begins with something
that can be mistaken for a git-annex link. Closes: #717456
* New improved version of the git-annex logo, contributed by
John Lawrence.
* have committed to support git-annex and offer a special
discounted rate for git-annex users. Updated the webapp to reflect this.
* Install XDG desktop icon files.
* Support unannex and uninit in direct mode.
* Support import in direct mode.
* webapp: Better display of added files.
* fix: Preserve the original mtime of fixed symlinks.
* uninit: Preserve .git/annex/objects at the end, if it still
has content, so that old versions of files and deleted files
are not deleted. Print a message with some suggested actions.
* When a transfer is already being run by another process,
proceed on to the next file, rather than dying.
* Fix checking when content is present in a non-bare repository
accessed via http.
* Display byte sizes with more precision.
* watcher: Fixed a crash that could occur when a directory was renamed
or deleted before it could be scanned.
* watcher: Partially worked around a bug in hinotify, no longer crashes
if hinotify cannot process a directory (but can't detect changes in it)
* directory special remote: Fix checking that there is enough disk space
to hold an object, was broken when using encryption.
* webapp: Differentiate between creating a new S3/Glacier/WebDav remote,
and initializing an existing remote. When creating a new remote, avoid
conflicts with other existing (or deleted) remotes with the same name.
* When an XMPP server has SRV records, try them, but don't then fall
back to the regular host if they all fail.
* For long hostnames, use a hash of the hostname to generate the socket
file for ssh connection caching.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:46:05 -0400

git-annex (4.20130709) unstable; urgency=low

* --all: New switch that makes git-annex operate on all data stored
in the git annex, including old versions of files. Supported by
fsck, get, move, copy.
* --unused: New switch that makes git-annex operate on all data found
by the last run of git annex unused. Supported by fsck, move, copy.
* get, move, copy: Can now be run in a bare repository,
like fsck already could. --all is enabled automatically in this case.
* merge: Now also merges synced/master or similar branches, which
makes it useful to put in a post-receive hook to make a repository
automatically update its working copy when git annex sync or the assistant
sync with it.
* webapp: Fix ssh setup with nonstandard port, broken in last release.
* init: Detect systems on which git commit fails due to not being able to
determine the FQDN, and put in a workaround so committing to the git-annex
branch works.
* addurl --pathdepth: Fix failure when the pathdepth specified is deeper
than the urls's path.
* Windows: Look for .exe extension when searching for a command in path.
* Pass -f to curl when downloading a file with it, so it propigates failure.
* Windows: Fix url to object when using a http remote.
* webapp: Fix authorized_keys line added when setting up a rsync remote
on a server that also supports git-annex, to not force running
* OSX Mountain Lion: Fixed gpg bundled in dmg to not fail due to a missing
* Android: gpg is built without --enable-minimal, so it interoperates
better with other gpg builds that may default to using other algorithms
for encryption.
* dropunused, addunused: Complain when asked to operate on a number that
does not correspond to any unused key.
* fsck: Don't claim to fix direct mode when run on a symlink whose content
is not present.
* Make --numcopies override annex.numcopies set in .gitattributes.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:55:39 -0400

git-annex (4.20130627) unstable; urgency=low

* assistant --autostart: Automatically ionices the daemons it starts.
* assistant: Daily sanity check thread is run niced.
* bup: Handle /~/ in bup remote paths.
Thanks, Oliver Matthews
* fsck: Ensures that direct mode is used for files when it's enabled.
* webapp: Fix bug when setting up a remote ssh repo repeatedly on the same
* webapp: Ensure that ssh keys generated for different directories
on a server are always different.
* webapp: Fix bug setting up ssh repo if the user enters "~/" at the start
of the path.
* assistant: Fix bug that prevented adding files written by gnucash,
and more generally support adding hard links to files. However,
other operations on hard links are still unsupported.
* webapp: Fix bug that caused the webapp to hang when built with yesod 1.2.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:21:55 -0400

git-annex (4.20130621) unstable; urgency=low

* Supports indirect mode on encfs in paranoia mode, and other
filesystems that do not support hard links, but do support
symlinks and other POSIX filesystem features.
* Android: Add .thumbnails to .gitignore when setting up a camera
* Android: Make the "Open webapp" menu item open the just created
repository when a new repo is made.
* webapp: When the user switches to display a different repository,
that repository becomes the default repository to be displayed next time
the webapp gets started.
* glacier: Better handling of the glacier inventory, which avoids
duplicate uploads to the same glacier repository by `git annex copy`.
* Direct mode: No longer temporarily remove write permission bit of files
when adding them.
* sync: Better support for bare git remotes. Now pushes directly to the
master branch on such a remote, instead of to synced/master. This
makes it easier to clone from a bare git remote that has been populated
with git annex sync or by the assistant.
* Android: Fix use of cp command to not try to use features present
only on build system.
* Windows: Fix hang when adding several files at once.
* assistant: In direct mode, objects are now only dropped when all
associated files are unwanted. This avoids a repreated drop/get loop
of a file that has a copy in an archive directory, and a copy not in an
archive directory. (Indirect mode still has some buggy behavior in this
area, since it does not keep track of associated files.)
Closes: #712060
* status: No longer shows dead repositories.
* annex.debug can now be set to enable debug logging by default.
The webapp's debugging check box does this.
* fsck: Avoid getting confused by Windows path separators
* Windows: Multiple bug fixes, including fixing the data written to the
git-annex branch.
* Windows: The test suite now passes on Windows (a few broken parts are
* assistant: On Linux, the expensive transfer scan is run niced.
* Enable assistant and WebDAV support on powerpc and sparc architectures,
which now have the necessary dependencies built.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:18:41 -0400

git-annex (4.20130601) unstable; urgency=medium

* XMPP: Git push over xmpp made much more robust.
* XMPP: Avoid redundant and unncessary pushes. Note that this breaks
compatibility with previous versions of git-annex, which will refuse
to accept any XMPP pushes from this version.
* XMPP: Send pings and use them to detect when contact with the server
is lost.
* hook special remote: Added combined hook program support.
* Android app: Avoid using hard links to app's lib directory, which
is sometimes on a different filesystem than the data directory.
* Fix bug in parsing of parens in some preferred content expressions.
This fixes the behavior of the manual mode group.
* assistant: Work around git-cat-file's not reloading the index after files
are staged.
* Improve error handling when getting uuid of http remotes to auto-ignore,
like with ssh remotes.
* content: New command line way to view and configure a repository's
preferred content settings.
* sync: Fix double merge conflict resolution handling.
* XMPP: Fix a file descriptor leak.
* Android: Added an "Open WebApp" item to the terminal's menu.
* Android: Work around Android devices where the `am` command doesn't work.
* Can now restart certain long-running git processes if they crash, and
continue working.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 19:16:04 -0400

git-annex (4.20130521) unstable; urgency=low

* Sanitize debian changelog version before putting it into cabal file.
Closes: #708619
* Switch to MonadCatchIO-transformers for better handling of state while
catching exceptions.
* Fix a zombie that could result when running a process like gpg to
read and write to it.
* Allow building with gpg2.
* Disable building with the haskell threaded runtime when the webapp
is not built. This may fix builds on mips, s390x and sparc, which are
failing to link -lHSrts_thr
* Temporarily build without webapp on kfreebsd-i386, until yesod is
installable there again.
* Direct mode bug fix: After a conflicted merge was automatically resolved,
the content of a file that was already present could incorrectly
be replaced with a symlink.
* Fix a bug in the git-annex branch handling code that could
cause info from a remote to not be merged and take effect immediately.
* Direct mode is now fully tested by the test suite.
* Detect bad content in ~/.config/git-annex/program and look in PATH instead.
* OSX: Fixed gpg included in dmg.
* Linux standalone: Back to being built with glibc 2.13 for maximum

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 21 May 2013 13:10:26 -0400

git-annex (4.20130516) unstable; urgency=low

* Android: The webapp is ported and working.
* Windows: There is a very rough Windows port. Do not trust it with
important data.
* git-annex-shell: Ensure that received files can be read. Files
transferred from some Android devices may have very broken permissions
as received.
* direct mode: Direct mode commands now work on files staged in the index,
they do not need to be committed to git.
* Temporarily add an upper bound to the version of yesod that can be built
with, since yesod 1.2 has a great many changes that will require extensive
work on the webapp.
* Disable building with the haskell threaded runtime when the assistant
is not built. This may fix builds on s390x and sparc, which are failing
to link -lHSrts_thr
* Avoid depending on regex-tdfa on mips, mipsel, and s390, where it fails
to build.
* direct: Fix a bug that could cause some files to be left in indirect mode.
* When initializing a directory special remote with a relative path,
the path is made absolute.
* SHA: Add a runtime sanity check that sha commands output something
that appears to be a real sha.
* configure: Better checking that sha commands output in the desired format.
* rsync special remotes: When sending from a crippled filesystem, use
the destination's default file permissions, as the local ones can
be arbitrarily broken. (Ie, ----rwxr-x for files on Android)
* migrate: Detect if a file gets corrupted while it's being migrated.
* Debian: Add a menu file.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 16 May 2013 11:03:35 -0400

git-annex (4.20130501) unstable; urgency=low

* sync, assistant: Behavior changes: Sync with remotes that have
annex-ignore set, so that git remotes on servers without git-annex
installed can be used to keep clients' git repos in sync.
* assistant: Work around misfeature in git 1.8.2 that makes
`git commit --alow-empty -m ""` run an editor.
* sync: Bug fix, avoid adding to the annex the
dummy symlinks used on crippled filesystems.
* Add public repository group.
(And inpreferreddir to preferred content expressions.)
* webapp: Can now set up Internet Archive repositories.
* S3: Dropping content from the Internet Archive doesn't work, but
their API indicates it does. Always refuse to drop from there.
* Automatically register public urls for files uploaded to the
Internet Archive.
* To enable an existing special remote, the new enableremote command
must be used. The initremote command now is used only to create
new special remotes.
* initremote: If two existing remotes have the same name,
prefer the one with a higher trust level.
* assistant: Improved XMPP protocol to better support multiple repositories
using the same XMPP account. Fixes bad behavior when sharing with a friend
when you or the friend have multiple reposotories on an XMPP account.
Note that XMPP pairing with your own devices still pairs with all
repositories using your XMPP account.
* assistant: Fix bug that could cause incoming pushes to not get
merged into the local tree. Particularly affected XMPP pushes.
* webapp: Display some additional information about a repository on
its edit page.
* webapp: Install FDO desktop menu file when started in standalone mode.
* webapp: Don't default to making repository in cwd when started
from within a directory containing a git-annex file (eg, standalone
tarball directory).
* Detect systems that have no user name set in GECOS, and also
don't have set in git config, and put in a workaround
so that commits to the git-annex branch (and the assistant)
will still succeed despite git not liking the system configuration.
* webapp: When told to add a git repository on a remote server, and
the repository already exists as a non-bare repository, use it,
rather than initializing a bare repository in the same directory.
* direct, indirect: Refuse to do anything when the assistant
or git-annex watch daemon is running.
* assistant: When built with git before 1.8.0, use `git remote rm`
to delete a remote. Newer git uses `git remote remove`.
* rmurl: New command, removes one of the recorded urls for a file.
* Detect when the remote is broken like bitbucket is, and exits 0 when
it fails to run git-annex-shell.
* assistant: Several improvements to performance and behavior when
performing bulk adds of a large number of files (tens to hundreds
of thousands).
* assistant: Sanitize XMPP presence information logged for debugging.
* webapp: Now automatically fills in any creds used by an existing remote
when creating a new remote of the same type. Done for Internet Archive,
S3, Glacier, and remotes.
* Store an annex-uuid file in the bucket when setting up a new S3 remote.
* Support building with DAV 0.4.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 01 May 2013 01:42:46 -0400

git-annex (4.20130417) unstable; urgency=low

* initremote: Generates encryption keys with high quality entropy.
This can be disabled using --fast to get the old behavior.
The assistant still uses low-quality entropy when creating encrypted
remotes, to avoid delays. (Thanks, guilhem for the patch.)
* Bugfix: Direct mode no longer repeatedly checksums duplicated files.
* assistant: Work around horrible, terrible, very bad behavior of
gnome-keyring, by not storing special-purpose ssh keys in ~/.ssh/*.pub.
Apparently gnome-keyring apparently will load and indiscriminately use
such keys in some cases, even if they are not using any of the standard
ssh key names. Instead store the keys in ~/.ssh/annex/,
which gnome-keyring will not check.
* addurl: Bugfix: Did not properly add file in direct mode.
* assistant: Bug fix to avoid annexing the files that git uses
to stand in for symlinks on FAT and other filesystem not supporting
* Adjust preferred content expressions so that content in archive
directories is preferred until it has reached an archive or smallarchive
* webapp: New --listen= option allows running the webapp on one computer
and connecting to it from another. (Note: Does not yet use HTTPS.)
* Added annex.web-download-command setting.
* Added per-remote annex-rsync-transport option. (guilhem again)
* Ssh connection caching is now also used by rsync special remotes.
(guilhem yet again)
* The version number is now derived from git, unless built with
* assistant: Stop any transfers the assistant initiated on shutdown.
* assistant: Added sequence numbers to XMPP git push packets. (Not yet used.)
* addurl: Register transfer so the webapp can see it.
* addurl: Automatically retry downloads that fail, as long as some
additional content was downloaded.
* webapp: Much improved progress bar display for downloads from encrypted
* Avoid using runghc, as that needs ghci.
* webapp: When a repository's group is changed, rescan for transfers.
* webapp: Added animations.
* webapp: Include the repository directory in the mangled hostname and
ssh key name, so that a locked down ssh key for one repository is not
re-used when setting up additional repositories on the same server.
* Fall back to internal url downloader when built without curl.
* fsck: Check content of direct mode files (only when the inode cache
thinks they are unmodified).

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:07:38 -0400

git-annex (4.20130405) unstable; urgency=low

* Group subcommands into sections in usage. Closes: #703797
* Per-command usage messages.
* webapp: Fix a race that sometimes caused alerts or other notifications
to be missed if they occurred while a page was loading.
* webapp: Progess bar fixes for many types of special remotes.
* Build debian package without using cabal, which writes to HOME.
Closes: #704205
* webapp: Run ssh server probes in a way that will work when the
login shell is a monstrosity that should have died 25 years ago,
such as csh.
* New annex.largefiles setting, which configures which files
`git annex add` and the assistant add to the annex.
* assistant: Check small files into git directly.
* Remotes can be configured to use other MAC algorithms than HMACSHA1
to encrypt filenames.
Thanks, guilhem for the patch.
* git-annex-shell: Passes rsync --bwlimit options on rsync.
Thanks, guilhem for the patch.
* webapp: Added UI to delete repositories. Closes: #689847
* Adjust built-in preferred content expressions to make most types
of repositories want content that is only located on untrusted, dead,
and unwanted repositories.
* drop --auto: Fix bug that prevented dropping files from untrusted
* assistant: Fix bug that could cause direct mode files to be unstaged
from git.
* Update working tree files fully atomically.
* webapp: Improved transfer queue management.
* init: Probe whether the filesystem supports fifos, and if not,
disable ssh connection caching.
* Use lower case hash directories for storing files on crippled filesystems,
same as is already done for bare repositories.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 10:42:18 -0400

git-annex (4.20130323) unstable; urgency=low

* webapp: Repository list is now included in the dashboard, and other
UI tweaks.
* webapp: Improved UI for pairing your own devices together using XMPP.
* webapp: Display an alert when there are XMPP remotes, and a cloud
transfer repository needs to be configured.
* Add incrementalbackup repository group.
* webapp: Encourage user to install git-annex on a server when adding
a ssh server, rather than just funneling them through to rsync.
* xmpp: --debug now enables a sanitized dump of the XMPP protocol
* xmpp: Try harder to detect presence of clients when there's a git push
to send.
* xmpp: Re-enable XA flag, since disabling it did not turn out to help
with the problems Google Talk has with not always sending presence
messages to clients.
* map: Combine duplicate repositories, for a nicer looking map.
* Fix several bugs caused by a bad Ord instance for Remote.
* webapp: Switch all forms to POST.
* assistant: Avoid syncing with annex-ignored remotes when reconnecting
to the network, or connecting a drive.
* assistant: Fix OSX bug that prevented committing changed files to a
repository when in indirect mode.
* webapp: Improved alerts displayed when syncing with remotes, and
when syncing with a remote fails.
* webapp: Force wrap long filenames in transfer display.
* assistant: The ConfigMonitor left one zombie behind each time
it checked for changes, now fixed.
* get, copy, move: Display an error message when an identical transfer
is already in progress, rather than failing with no indication why.
* assistant: Several optimisations to file transfers.
* OSX app and standalone Linux tarball now both support being added to
PATH; no need to use runshell to start git-annex.
* webapp: When adding a removable drive, you can now specify the
directory inside it to use.
* webapp: Confirm whether user wants to combine repositories when
adding a removable drive that already has a repository on it.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:54:05 -0400

git-annex (4.20130314) unstable; urgency=low

* Bugfix: git annex add, when ran without any file or directory specified,
should add files in the current directory, but not act on unlocked files
elsewhere in the tree.
* Bugfix: drop --from an unavailable remote no longer updates the location
log, incorrectly, to say the remote does not have the key.
* Bugfix: If the UUID of a remote is not known, prevent --from, --to,
and other ways of specifying remotes by name from selecting it,
since it is not possible to sanely use it.
* Bugfix: Fix bug in inode cache sentinal check, which broke
copying to local repos if the repo being copied from had moved
to a different filesystem or otherwise changed all its inodes

* Switch from using regex-compat to regex-tdfa, as the C regex library
is rather buggy.
* status: Can now be run with a directory path to show only the
status of that directory, rather than the whole annex.
* Added remote.<name>.annex-gnupg-options setting.
Thanks, guilhem for the patch.
* addurl: Add --relaxed option.
* addurl: Escape invalid characters in urls, rather than failing to
use an invalid url.
* addurl: Properly handle url-escaped characters in file:// urls.

* assistant: Fix dropping content when a file is moved to an archive
directory, and getting contennt when a file is moved back out.
* assistant: Fix bug in direct mode that could occur when a symlink is
moved out of an archive directory, and resulted in the file not being
set to direct mode when it was transferred.
* assistant: Generate better commits for renames.
* assistant: Logs are rotated to avoid them using too much disk space.
* assistant: Avoid noise in logs from git commit about typechanged
files in direct mode repositories.
* assistant: Set when creating repositories to prevent
automatic commits from causing git-gc runs.
* assistant: If, run git-gc once a day, packing loose objects
very non-aggressively.
* assistant: XMPP git pull and push requests are cached and sent when
presence of a new client is detected.
* assistant: Sync with all git remotes on startup.
* assistant: Get back in sync with XMPP remotes after network reconnection,
and on startup.
* assistant: Fix syncing after XMPP pairing.
* assistant: Optimised handling of renamed files in direct mode,
avoiding re-checksumming.
* assistant: Detects most renames, including directory renames, and
combines all their changes into a single commit.
* assistant: Fix ~/.ssh/git-annex-shell wrapper to work when the
ssh key does not force a command.
* assistant: Be smarter about avoiding unncessary transfers.

* webapp: Work around bug in Warp's slowloris attack prevention code,
that caused regular browsers to stall when they reuse a connection
after leaving it idle for 30 seconds.
* webapp: New preferences page allows enabling/disabling debug logging
at runtime, as well as configuring numcopies and diskreserve.
* webapp: Repository costs can be configured by dragging repositories around
in the repository list.
* webapp: Proceed automatically on from "Configure jabber account"
to pairing.
* webapp: Only show up to 10 queued transfers.
* webapp: DTRT when told to create a git repo that already exists.
* webapp: Set locally paired repositories to a lower cost than other
network remotes.

* Run ssh with -T to avoid tty allocation and any login scripts that
may do undesired things with it.
* Several improvements to Makefile and cabal file. Thanks, Peter Simmons
* Stop depending on testpack.
* Android: Enable test suite.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:29:20 -0400

git-annex (4.20130227) unstable; urgency=low

* annex.version is now set to 4 for direct mode repositories.
* Should now fully support git repositories with core.symlinks=false;
always using git's pseudosymlink files in such repositories.
* webapp: Allow creating repositories on filesystems that lack support for
* webapp: Can now add a new local repository, and make it sync with
the main local repository.
* Android: Bundle now includes openssh.
* Android: Support ssh connection caching.
* Android: Assistant is fully working. (But no webapp yet.)
* Direct mode: Support filesystems like FAT which can change their inodes
each time they are mounted.
* Direct mode: Fix support for adding a modified file.
* Avoid passing -p to rsync, to interoperate with crippled filesystems.
Closes: #700282
* Additional GIT_DIR support bugfixes. May actually work now.
* webapp: Display any error message from git init if it fails to create
a repository.
* Fix a reversion in matching globs introduced in the last release,
where "*" did not match files inside subdirectories. No longer uses
the Glob library.
* copy: Update location log when no copy was performed, if the location
log was out of date.
* Makefile now builds using cabal, taking advantage of cabal's automatic
detection of appropriate build flags.
* test: The test suite is now built into the git-annex binary, and can
be run at any time.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:07:24 -0400

git-annex (3.20130216) unstable; urgency=low

* Now uses the Haskell uuid library, rather than needing a uuid program.
* Now uses the Haskell Glob library, rather than pcre-light, avoiding
the need to install libpcre. Currently done only for Cabal or when
the Makefile is made to use -DWITH_GLOB
* Android port now available (command-line only).
* New annex.crippledfilesystem setting, allows use of git-annex
repositories on FAT and even worse filesystems; avoiding use of
hard links and locked down permissions settings. (Support is incomplete.)
* init: Detect when the repository is on a filesystem that does not
support hard links, or symlinks, or unix permissions, and set
annex.crippledfilesystem, as well as
* add: Improved detection of files that are modified while being added.
* Fix a bug in direct mode, introduced in the previous release, where
if a file was dropped and then got back, it would be stored in indirect

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:03:26 -0400

git-annex (3.20130207) unstable; urgency=low

* webapp: Now allows restarting any threads that crash.
* Adjust debian package to only build-depend on DAV on architectures
where it is available.
* addurl --fast: Use curl, rather than haskell HTTP library, to support https.
* annex.autocommit: New setting, can be used to disable autocommit
of changed files by the assistant, while it still does data syncing
and other tasks.
* assistant: Ignore .DS_Store on OSX.
* assistant: Fix location log when adding new file in direct mode.
* Deal with stale mappings for deleted file in direct mode.
* pre-commit: Update direct mode mappings.
* uninit, unannex --fast: If hard link creation fails, fall back to slow
* Clean up direct mode cache and mapping info when dropping keys.
* dropunused: Clean up stale direct mode cache and mapping info not
removed before.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:45:25 -0400

git-annex (3.20130124) unstable; urgency=low

* Added source repository group, that only retains files until they've
been transferred to another repository. Useful for things like
repositories on cameras.
* Added manual repository group. Use to prevent the assistant from
downloading any file contents to keep things in sync. Instead
`git annex get`, `git annex drop` etc can be used manually as desired.
* webapp: More adjustments to longpoll code to deal with changes in
variable quoting in different versions of shakespeare-js.
* webapp: Avoid an error if a transfer is stopped just as it finishes.
Closes: #698184
* webapp: Now always logs to .git/annex/daemon.log
* webapp: Has a page to view the log, accessed from the control menu.
* webapp: Fix crash adding removable drive that has an annex directory
in it that is not a git repository.
* Deal with incompatibility in gpg2, which caused prompts for encryption
passphrases rather than using the supplied --passphrase-fd.
* bugfix: Union merges involving two or more repositories could sometimes
result in data from one repository getting lost. This could result
in the location log data becoming wrong, and fsck being needed to fix it.
* sync: Automatic merge conflict resolution now stages deleted files.
* Depend on git for --no-edit. Closes: #698399
* Fix direct mode mapping code to always store direct mode filenames
relative to the top of the repository, even when operating inside a
* fsck: Detect and fix consistency errors in direct mode mapping files.
* Avoid filename encoding errors when writing direct mode mappings.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:11:59 +1100

git-annex (3.20130114) unstable; urgency=low

* Now handles the case where a file that's being transferred to a remote
is modified in place, which direct mode allows. When this
happens, the transfer now fails, rather than allow possibly corrupt
data into the remote.
* fsck: Better checking of file content in direct mode.
* drop: Suggest using git annex move when numcopies prevents dropping a file.
* webapp: Repo switcher filters out repos that do not exist any more
(or are on a drive that's not mounted).
* webapp: Use IP address, rather than localhost, since some systems may
have configuration problems or other issues that prevent web browsers
from connecting to the right localhost IP for the webapp.
* webapp: Adjust longpoll code to work with recent versions of
* assistant: Support new gvfs dbus names used in Gnome 3.6.
* In direct mode, files with the same key are no longer hardlinked, as
that would cause a surprising behavior if modifying one, where the other
would also change.
* webapp: Avoid illegal characters in hostname when creating S3 or
Glacier remote.
* assistant: Avoid committer crashing if a file is deleted at the wrong

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:25:18 -0400

git-annex (3.20130107) unstable; urgency=low

* webapp: Add UI to stop and restart assistant.
* committer: Fix a file handle leak.
* assistant: Make expensive transfer scan work fully in direct mode.
* More commands work in direct mode repositories: find, whereis, move, copy,
drop, log, fsck, add, addurl.
* sync: No longer automatically adds files in direct mode.
* assistant: Detect when system is not configured with a user name,
and set environment to prevent git from failing.
* direct: Avoid hardlinking symlinks that point to the same content
when the content is not present.
* Fix transferring files to special remotes in direct mode.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 01:01:41 -0400

git-annex (3.20130102) unstable; urgency=low

* direct, indirect: New commands, that switch a repository to and from
direct mode. In direct mode, files are accessed directly, rather than
via symlinks. Note that direct mode is currently experimental. Many
git-annex commands do not work in direct mode. Some git commands can
cause data loss when used in direct mode repositories.
* assistant: Now uses direct mode by default when setting up a new
local repository.
* OSX assistant: Uses the FSEvents API to detect file changes.
This avoids issues with running out of file descriptors on large trees,
as well as allowing detection of modification of files in direct mode.
Other BSD systems still use kqueue.
* kqueue: Fix bug that made broken symlinks not be noticed.
* vicfg: Quote filename. Closes: #696193
* Bugfix: Fixed bug parsing transfer info files, where the newline after
the filename was included in it. This was generally benign, but in
the assistant, it caused unexpected dropping of preferred content.
* Bugfix: Remove leading \ from checksums output by sha*sum commands,
when the filename contains \ or a newline. Closes: #696384
* fsck: Still accept checksums with a leading \ as valid, now that
above bug is fixed.
* SHA*E backends: Exclude non-alphanumeric characters from extensions.
* migrate: Remove leading \ in SHA* checksums, and non-alphanumerics
from extensions of SHA*E keys.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 13:21:34 -0400

git-annex (3.20121211) unstable; urgency=low

* webapp: Defaults to sharing account info with friends, allowing
one-click enabling of the repository.
* Fix broken .config/git-annex/program installed by standalone tarball.
* assistant: Retrival from glacier now handled.
* Include ssh in standalone tarball and OSX app.
* watch: Avoid leaving hard links to files behind in .git/annex/tmp
if a file is deleted or moved while it's being quarantined in preparation
to being added to the annex.
* Allow `git annex drop --from web`; of course this does not remove
any file from the web, but it does make git-annex remove all urls
associated with a file.
* webapp: S3 and Glacier forms now have a select list of all
currently-supported AWS regions.
* webdav: Avoid trying to set props, avoiding incompatibility with Needs DAV version 0.3.
* webapp: Prettify error display.
* webapp: Fix bad interaction between required fields and modals.
* webapp: Added help buttons and links next to fields that require
* webapp: Encryption can be disabled when setting up remotes.
* assistant: Avoid trying to drop content from remotes that don't have it.
* assistant: Allow periods in ssh key comments.
* get/copy --auto: Transfer data even if it would exceed numcopies,
when preferred content settings want it.
* drop --auto: Fix dropping content when there are no preferred content
* webapp: Allow user to specify the port when setting up a ssh or rsync
* assistant: Fix syncing to just created ssh remotes.
* Enable WebDAV support in Debian package. Closes: #695532

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:25:03 -0400

git-annex (3.20121127) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix dirContentsRecursive, which had missed some files in deeply nested
subdirectories. Could affect various parts of git-annex.
* rsync: Fix bug introduced in last release that broke encrypted rsync
special remotes.
* The standalone builds now unset their special path and library path
variables before running the system web browser.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:07:32 -0400

git-annex (3.20121126) unstable; urgency=low

* New webdav and Amazon glacier special remotes.
* Display a warning when a non-existing file or directory is specified.
* webapp: Added configurator for
* webapp: Show error messages to user when testing XMPP creds.
* Fix build of assistant without yesod.
* webapp: The list of repositiories refreshes when new repositories are
added, including when new repository configurations are pushed in from
* OSX: Fix RunAtLoad value in plist file.
* Getting a file from chunked directory special remotes no longer buffers
it all in memory.
* S3: Added progress display for uploading and downloading.
* directory special remote: Made more efficient and robust.
* Bugfix: directory special remote could loop forever storing a key
when a too small chunksize was configured.
* Allow controlling whether login credentials for S3 and webdav are
committed to the repository, by setting embedcreds=yes|no when running
* Added smallarchive repository group, that only archives files that are
in archive directories. Used by default for glacier when set up in the
* assistant: Fixed handling of toplevel archive directory and
client repository group.
* assistant: Apply preferred content settings when a new symlink
is created, or a symlink gets renamed. Made archive directories work.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:37:49 -0400

git-annex (3.20121112) unstable; urgency=low

* assistant: Can use XMPP to notify other nodes about pushes made to other
repositories, as well as pushing to them directly over XMPP.
* wepapp: Added an XMPP configuration interface.
* webapp: Supports pairing over XMPP, with both friends, and other repos
using the same account.
* assistant: Drops non-preferred content when possible.
* assistant: Notices, and applies config changes as they are made to
the git-annex branch, including config changes pushed in from remotes.
* git-annex-shell: GIT_ANNEX_SHELL_DIRECTORY can be set to limit it
to operating on a specified directory.
* webapp: When setting up authorized_keys, use GIT_ANNEX_SHELL_DIRECTORY.
* Preferred content path matching bugfix.
* Preferred content expressions cannot use "in=".
* Preferred content expressions can use "present".
* Fix handling of GIT_DIR when it refers to a git submodule.
* Depend on and use the Haskell SafeSemaphore library, which provides
exception-safe versions of SampleVar and QSemN.
Thanks, Ben Gamari for an excellent patch set.
* file:/// URLs can now be used with the web special remote.
* webapp: Allow dashes in ssh key comments when pairing.
* uninit: Check and abort if there are symlinks to annexed content that
are not checked into git.
* webapp: Switched to using the same multicast IP address that avahi uses.
* bup: Don't pass - to bup-split to make it read stdin; bup 0.25
does not accept that.
* bugfix: Don't fail transferring content from read-only repos.
Closes: #691341
* configure: Check that checksum programs produce correct checksums.
* Re-enable dbus, using a new version of the library that fixes the memory
* NetWatcher: When dbus connection is lost, try to reconnect.
* Use USER and HOME environment when set, and only fall back to getpwent,
which doesn't work with LDAP or NIS.
* rsync special remote: Include annex-rsync-options when running rsync
to test a key's presence.
* The standalone tarball's runshell now takes care of installing a
~/.ssh/git-annex-shell wrapper the first time it's run.
* webapp: Make an initial, empty commit so there is a master branch
* assistant: Fix syncing local drives.
* webapp: Fix creation of repositories.
* webapp: Fix renaming of special remotes.
* webapp: Generate better git remote names.
* webapp: Ensure that rsync special remotes are enabled using the same
name they were originally created using.
* Bugfix: Fix hang in webapp when setting up a ssh remote with an absolute

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:39:47 -0400

git-annex (3.20121017) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix zombie cleanup reversion introduced in 3.20121009.
* Additional fix to support git submodules.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:10:14 -0400

git-annex (3.20121016) unstable; urgency=low

* vicfg: New file format, avoids ambiguity with repos that have the same
description, or no description.
* Bug fix: A recent change caused git-annex-shell to crash.
* Better preferred content expression for transfer repos.
* webapp: Repository edit form can now edit the name of a repository.
* webapp: Make bare repositories on removable drives, as there is nothing
to ensure non-bare repos get updated when syncing.
* webapp: Better behavior when pausing syncing to a remote when a transfer
scan is running and queueing new transfers for that remote.
* The standalone binaries are now built to not use ssh connection caching,
in order to work with old versions of ssh.
* A relative core.worktree is relative to the gitdir. Now that this is
handled correctly, git-annex can be used in git submodules.
* Temporarily disable use of dbus, as the haskell dbus library blows up
when losing connection, which will need to be fixed upstream.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:25:22 -0400

git-annex (3.20121010) unstable; urgency=low

* Renamed --ingroup to --inallgroup.
* Standard groups changed to client, transfer, archive, and backup.
Each of these has its own standard preferred content setting.
* dead: Remove dead repository from all groups.
* Avoid unsetting HOME when running certian git commands. Closes: #690193
* test: Fix threaded runtime hang.
* Makefile: Avoid building with -threaded if the ghc threaded runtime does
not exist.
* webapp: Improve wording of intro display. Closes: #689848
* webapp: Repositories can now be configured, to change their description,
their group, or even to disable syncing to them.
* git config can be used to control whether
a remote gets synced.
* Fix a crash when merging files in the git-annex branch that contain
invalid utf8.
* Automatically detect when a ssh remote does not have git-annex-shell
installed, and set annex-ignore.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:45:21 -0400

git-annex (3.20121009) unstable; urgency=low

* watch, assistant: It's now safe to git annex unlock files while
the watcher is running, as well as modify files checked into git
as normal files. Additionally, .gitignore settings are now honored.
Closes: #689979
* group, ungroup: New commands to indicate groups of repositories.
* webapp: Adds newly created repositories to one of these groups:
clients, drives, servers
* vicfg: New command, allows editing (or simply viewing) most
of the repository configuration settings stored in the git-annex branch.
* Added preferred content expressions, configurable using vicfg.
* get --auto: If the local repository has preferred content
configured, only get that content.
* drop --auto: If the repository the content is dropped from has
preferred content configured, drop only content that is not preferred.
* copy --auto: Only transfer content that the destination repository prefers.
* assistant: Now honors preferred content settings when deciding what to
* --copies=group:number can now be used to match files that are present
in a specified number of repositories in a group.
* Added --smallerthan, --largerthan, and --inall limits.
* Only build-depend on libghc-clientsession-dev on arches that will have
the webapp.
* uninit: Unset annex.version. Closes: #689852

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:13:23 -0400

git-annex (3.20121001) unstable; urgency=low

* fsck: Now has an incremental mode. Start a new incremental fsck pass
with git annex fsck --incremental. Now the fsck can be interrupted
as desired, and resumed with git annex fsck --more.
Thanks, Justin Azoff
* New --time-limit option, makes long git-annex commands stop after
a specified amount of time.
* fsck: New --incremental-schedule option which is nice for scheduling
eg, monthly incremental fsck runs in cron jobs.
* Fix fallback to ~/Desktop when xdg-user-dir is not available.
Closes: #688833
* S3: When using a shared cipher, S3 credentials are not stored encrypted
in the git repository, as that would allow anyone with access to
the repository access to the S3 account. Instead, they're stored
in a 600 mode file in the local git repo.
* webapp: Avoid crashing when ssh-keygen -F chokes on an invalid known_hosts
* Always do a system wide installation when DESTDIR is set. Closes: #689052
* The Makefile now builds with the new yesod by default.
Systems like Debian that have the old yesod 1.0.1 should set
* copy: Avoid updating the location log when no copy is performed.
* configure: Test that uuid -m works, falling back to plain uuid if not.
* Avoid building the webapp on Debian architectures that do not yet
have template haskell and thus yesod. (Should be available for arm soonish
I hope).

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:56:55 -0400

git-annex (3.20120924) unstable; urgency=low

* assistant: New command, a daemon which does everything watch does,
as well as automatically syncing file contents between repositories.
* webapp: An interface for managing and configuring the assistant.
* The default backend used when adding files to the annex is changed
from SHA256 to SHA256E, to simplify interoperability with OSX, media
players, and various programs that needlessly look at symlink targets.
To get old behavior, add a .gitattributes containing: * annex.backend=SHA256
* init: If no description is provided for a new repository, one will
automatically be generated, like "joey@gnu:~/foo"
* test: Set a lot of git environment variables so testing works in strange
environments that normally need git config to set names, etc.
Closes: #682351 Thanks, gregor herrmann
* Disable ssh connection caching if the path to the control socket would be
too long (and use relative path to minimise path to the control socket).
* migrate: Check content before generating the new key, to avoid generating
a key for corrupt data.
* Support repositories created with --separate-git-dir. Closes: #684405
* reinject: When the provided file doesn't match, leave it where it is,
rather than moving to .git/annex/bad/
* Avoid crashing on encoding errors in filenames when writing transfer info
files and reading from checksum commands.
* sync: Pushes the git-annex branch to remote/synced/git-annex, rather
than directly to remote/git-annex.
* Now supports matching files that are present on a number of remotes
with a specified trust level. Example: --copies=trusted:2
Thanks, Nicolas Pouillard

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:47:48 -0400

git-annex (3.20120825) unstable; urgency=low

* S3: Add fileprefix setting.
* Pass --use-agent to gpg when in no tty mode. Thanks, Eskild Hustvedt.
* Bugfix: Fix fsck in SHA*E backends, when the key contains composite
extensions, as added in 3.20120721.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:00:10 -0400

git-annex (3.20120807) unstable; urgency=low

* initremote: Avoid recording remote's description before checking
that its config is valid.
* unused, status: Avoid crashing when ran in bare repo.
* Avoid crashing when "git annex get" fails to download from one
location, and falls back to downloading from a second location.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 13:35:07 -0400

git-annex (3.20120721) unstable; urgency=low

* get, move, copy: Now refuse to do anything when the requested file
transfer is already in progress by another process.
* status: Lists transfers that are currently in progress.
* Fix passing --uuid to git-annex-shell.
* When shaNsum commands cannot be found, use the Haskell SHA library
(already a dependency) to do the checksumming. This may be slower,
but avoids portability problems.
* Use SHA library for files less than 50 kb in size, at which point it's
faster than forking the more optimised external program.
* SHAnE backends are now smarter about composite extensions, such as
.tar.gz Closes: #680450
* map: Write to .git/annex, which avoids watch trying to annex it.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 16:52:48 -0400

git-annex (3.20120629) unstable; urgency=low

* cabal: Only try to use inotify on Linux.
* Version build dependency on STM, and allow building without it,
which disables the watch command.
* Avoid ugly failure mode when moving content from a local repository
that is not available.
* Got rid of the last place that did utf8 decoding.
* Accept arbitrarily encoded repository filepaths etc when reading
git config output. This fixes support for remotes with unusual characters
in their names.
* sync: Automatically resolves merge conflicts.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:17:49 -0400

git-annex (3.20120624) unstable; urgency=low

* watch: New subcommand, a daemon which notices changes to
files and automatically annexes new files, etc, so you don't
need to manually run git commands when manipulating files.
Available on Linux, BSDs, and OSX!
* Enable diskfree on kfreebsd, using kqueue.
* unused: Fix crash when key names contain invalid utf8.
* sync: Avoid recent git's interactive merge.

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:36:50 -0400

git-annex (3.20120614) unstable; urgency=medium

* addurl: Was broken by a typo introduced 2 released ago, now fixed.
Closes: #677576
* Install man page when run by cabal, in a location where man will
find it, even when installing under $HOME. Thanks, Nathan Collins

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:21:29 -0400

git-annex (3.20120611) unstable; urgency=medium

* add: Prevent (most) modifications from being made to a file while it
is being added to the annex.
* initremote: Automatically describe a remote when creating it.
* uninit: Refuse to run in a subdirectory. Closes: #677076

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:32:01 -0400

git-annex (3.20120605) unstable; urgency=low

* sync: Show a nicer message if a user tries to sync to a special remote.
* lock: Reset unlocked file to index, rather than to branch head.
* import: New subcommand, pulls files from a directory outside the annex
and adds them.
* Fix display of warning message when encountering a file that uses an
unsupported backend.
* Require that the SHA256 backend can be used when building, since it's the
* Preserve parent environment when running hooks of the hook special remote.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:03:39 -0400

git-annex (3.20120522) unstable; urgency=low

* Pass -a to cp even when it supports --reflink=auto, to preserve
* Clean up handling of git directory and git worktree.
* Add support for core.worktree, and fix support for GIT_WORK_TREE and

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 22 May 2012 11:16:13 -0400

git-annex (3.20120511) unstable; urgency=low

* Rsync special remotes can be configured with shellescape=no
to avoid shell quoting that is normally done when using rsync over ssh.
This is known to be needed for certian rsync hosting providers
(specificially that use rsync over ssh but do not
pass it through the shell.
* dropunused: Allow specifying ranges to drop.
* addunused: New command, the opposite of dropunused, it relinks unused
content into the git repository.
* Fix use of several config settings: annex.ssh-options,
annex.rsync-options, annex.bup-split-options. (And adjust types to avoid
the bugs that broke several config settings.)

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 11 May 2012 12:29:30 -0400

git-annex (3.20120430) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix use of annex.diskreserve config setting.
* Directory special remotes now check annex.diskreserve.
* Support git's core.sharedRepository configuration.
* Add annex.http-headers and annex.http-headers-command config
settings, to allow custom headers to be sent with all HTTP requests.
(Requested by the Internet Archive)
* uninit: Clear annex.uuid from .git/config. Closes: #670639
* Added shared cipher mode to encryptable special remotes. This option
avoids gpg key distribution, at the expense of flexibility, and with
the requirement that all clones of the git repository be equally trusted.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:16:10 -0400

git-annex (3.20120418) unstable; urgency=low

* bugfix: Adding a dotfile also caused all non-dotfiles to be added.
* bup: Properly handle key names with spaces or other things that are
not legal git refs.
* git-annex (but not git-annex-shell) supports the git help.autocorrect
configuration setting, doing fuzzy matching using the restricted
Damerau-Levenshtein edit distance, just as git does. This adds a build
dependency on the haskell edit-distance library.
* Renamed diskfree.c to avoid OSX case insensativity bug.
* cabal now installs git-annex-shell as a symlink to git-annex.
* cabal file now autodetects whether S3 support is available.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:11:32 -0400

git-annex (3.20120406) unstable; urgency=low

* Disable diskfree on kfreebsd, as I have a build failure on kfreebsd-i386
that is quite likely caused by it.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 15:50:36 -0400

git-annex (3.20120405) unstable; urgency=low

* Rewrote free disk space checking code, moving the portability
handling into a small C library.
* status: Display amount of free disk space.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:19:10 -0400

git-annex (3.20120315) unstable; urgency=low

* fsck: Fix up any broken links and misplaced content caused by the
directory hash calculation bug fixed in the last release.
* sync: Sync to lower cost remotes first.
* status: Fixed to run in constant space.
* status: More accurate display of sizes of tmp and bad keys.
* unused: Now uses a bloom filter, and runs in constant space.
Use of a bloom filter does mean it will not notice a small
number of unused keys. For repos with up to half a million keys,
it will miss one key in 1000.
* Added annex.bloomcapacity and annex.bloomaccuracy, which can be
adjusted as desired to tune the bloom filter.
* status: Display amount of memory used by bloom filter, and
detect when it's too small for the number of keys in a repository.
* git-annex-shell: Runs hooks/annex-content after content is received
or dropped.
* Work around a bug in rsync (IMHO) introduced by openSUSE's SIP patch.
* git-annex now behaves as git-annex-shell if symlinked to and run by that
name. The Makefile sets this up, saving some 8 mb of installed size.
* git-union-merge is a demo program, so it is no longer built by default.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:05:28 -0400

git-annex (3.20120309) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix key directory hash calculation code to behave as it did before
version 3.20120227 when a key contains non-ascii characters (only
WORM backend is likely to have been affected).

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 20:05:09 -0400

git-annex (3.20120230) unstable; urgency=low

* "here" can be used to refer to the current repository,
which can read better than the old "." (which still works too).
* Directory special remotes now support chunking files written to them,
avoiding writing files larger than a specified size.
* Add progress bar display to the directory special remote.
* Add configurable hooks that are run when git-annex starts and stops
using a remote: and
* Fix a bug in symlink calculation code, that triggered in rare
cases where an annexed file is in a subdirectory that nearly
matched to the .git/annex/object/xx/yy subdirectories.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 13:38:13 -0400

git-annex (3.20120229) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix test suite to not require a unicode locale.
* Fix cabal build failure. Thanks, Sergei Trofimovich

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 02:31:31 -0400

git-annex (3.20120227) unstable; urgency=low

* Modifications to support ghc 7.4's handling of filenames.
This version can only be built with ghc 7.4 or newer. See the ghc7.0
branch for older ghcs.
* S3: Fix irrefutable pattern failure when accessing encrypted S3
* Use the haskell IfElse library.
* Fix teardown of stale cached ssh connections.
* Fixed to use the strict state monad, to avoid leaking all kinds of memory
due to lazy state update thunks when adding/fixing many files.
* Fixed some memory leaks that occurred when committing journal files.
* Added a annex.queuesize setting, useful when adding hundreds of thousands
of files on a system with plenty of memory.
* whereis: Prints the urls of files that the web special remote knows about.
* addurl --fast: Verifies that the url can be downloaded (only getting
its head), and records the size in the key.
* When checking that an url has a key, verify that the Content-Length,
if available, matches the size of the key.
* addurl: Added a --file option, which can be used to specify what
file the url is added to. This can be used to override the default
filename that is used when adding an url, which is based on the url.
Or, when the file already exists, the url is recorded as another
location of the file.
* addurl: Normalize badly encoded urls.
* addurl: Add --pathdepth option.
* rekey: New plumbing level command, can be used to change the keys used
for files en masse.
* Store web special remote url info in a more efficient location.
(Urls stored with this version will not be visible to older versions.)
* Deal with NFS problem that caused a failure to remove a directory
when removing content from the annex.
* Make a single location log commit after a remote has received or
dropped files. Uses a new "git-annex-shell commit" command when available.
* To avoid commits of data to the git-annex branch after each command
is run, set annex.alwayscommit=false. Its data will then be committed
less frequently, when a merge or sync is done.
* configure: Check if ssh connection caching is supported by the installed
version of ssh and default annex.sshcaching accordingly.
* move --from, copy --from: Now 10 times faster when scanning to find
files in a remote on a local disk; rather than go through the location log
to see which files are present on the remote, it simply looks at the
disk contents directly.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:58:21 -0400

git-annex (3.20120123) unstable; urgency=low

* fsck --from: Fscking a remote is now supported. It's done by retrieving
the contents of the specified files from the remote, and checking them,
so can be an expensive operation. Still, if the remote is a special
remote, or a git repository that you cannot run fsck in locally, it's
nice to have the ability to fsck it.
* If you have any directory special remotes, now would be a good time to
fsck them, in case you were hit by the data loss bug fixed in the
previous release!
* fsck --from remote --fast: Avoids expensive file transfers, at the
expense of not checking file size and/or contents.
* Ssh connection caching is now enabled automatically by git-annex.
Only one ssh connection is made to each host per git-annex run, which
can speed some things up a lot, as well as avoiding repeated password
prompts. Concurrent git-annex processes also share ssh connections.
Cached ssh connections are shut down when git-annex exits.
* To disable the ssh caching (if for example you have your own broader
ssh caching configuration), set annex.sshcaching=false.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:48:48 -0400

git-annex (3.20120116) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix data loss bug in directory special remote, when moving a file
to the remote failed, and partially transferred content was left
behind in the directory, re-running the same move would think it
succeeded and delete the local copy.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:43:45 -0400

git-annex (3.20120115) unstable; urgency=low

* Add a sanity check for bad StatFS results. On architectures
where StatFS does not currently work (s390, mips, powerpc, sparc),
this disables the diskreserve checking code, and attempting to
configure an annex.diskreserve will result in an error.
* Fix QuickCheck dependency in cabal file.
* Minor optimisations.

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 13:54:20 -0400

git-annex (3.20120113) unstable; urgency=low

* log: Add --gource mode, which generates output usable by gource.
* map: Fix display of remote repos
* Add annex-trustlevel configuration settings, which can be used to
override the trust level of a remote.
* git-annex, git-union-merge: Support GIT_DIR and GIT_WORK_TREE.
* Add libghc-testpack-dev to build depends on all arches.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:35:17 -0400

git-annex (3.20120106) unstable; urgency=low

* Support unescaped repository urls, like git does.
* log: New command that displays the location log for files,
showing each repository they were added to and removed from.
* Fix overbroad gpg --no-tty fix from last release.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 07 Jan 2012 13:16:23 -0400

git-annex (3.20120105) unstable; urgency=low

* Added annex-web-options configuration settings, which can be
used to provide parameters to whichever of wget or curl git-annex uses
(depends on which is available, but most of their important options
suitable for use here are the same).
* Dotfiles, and files inside dotdirs are not added by "git annex add"
unless the dotfile or directory is explicitly listed. So "git annex add ."
will add all untracked files in the current directory except for those in
* Added quickcheck to build dependencies, and fail if test suite cannot be
* fsck: Do backend-specific check before checking numcopies is satisfied.
* Run gpg with --no-tty. Closes: #654721

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 13:44:12 -0400

git-annex (3.20111231) unstable; urgency=low

* sync: Improved to work well without a central bare repository.
Thanks to Joachim Breitner.
* Rather than manually committing, pushing, pulling, merging, and git annex
merging, we encourage you to give "git annex sync" a try.
* sync --fast: Selects some of the remotes with the lowest annex.cost
and syncs those, in addition to any specified at the command line.
* Union merge now finds the least expensive way to represent the merge.
* reinject: Add a sanity check for using an annexed file as the source file.
* Properly handle multiline git config values.
* Fix the hook special remote, which bitrotted a while ago.
* map: --fast disables use of dot to display map
* Test suite improvements. Current top-level test coverage: 75%
* Improve deletion of files from rsync special remotes. Closes: #652849
* Add --include, which is the same as --not --exclude.
* Format strings can be specified using the new --format option, to control
what is output by git annex find.
* Support git annex find --json
* Fixed behavior when multiple insteadOf configs are provided for the
same url base.
* Can now be built with older git versions (before 1.7.7); the resulting
binary should only be used with old git.
* Updated to build with monad-control 0.3.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:55:29 -0400

git-annex (3.20111211) unstable; urgency=medium

* Fix bug in last version in getting contents from bare repositories.
* Ensure that git-annex branch changes are merged into git-annex's index,
which fixes a bug that could cause changes that were pushed to the
git-annex branch to get reverted. As a side effect, it's now safe
for users to check out and commit changes directly to the git-annex
* map: Fix a failure to detect a loop when both repositories are local
and refer to each other with relative paths.
* Prevent key names from containing newlines.
* add: If interrupted, add can leave files converted to symlinks but not
yet added to git. Running the add again will now clean up this situtation.
* Fix caching of decrypted ciphers, which failed when drop had to check
multiple different encrypted special remotes.
* unannex: Can be run on files that have been added to the annex, but not
yet committed.
* sync: New command that synchronises the local repository and default
remote, by running git commit, pull, and push for you.
* Version monad-control dependency in cabal file.

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 21:24:39 -0400

git-annex (3.20111203) unstable; urgency=low

* The VFAT filesystem on recent versions of Linux, when mounted with
shortname=mixed, does not get along well with git-annex's mixed case
.git/annex/objects hash directories. To avoid this problem, new content
is now stored in all-lowercase hash directories. Except for non-bare
repositories which would be a pain to transition and cannot be put on FAT.
(Old mixed-case hash directories are still tried for backwards
* Flush json output, avoiding a buffering problem that could result in
doubled output.
* Avoid needing haskell98 and other fixes for new ghc. Thanks, Mark Wright.
* Bugfix: dropunused did not drop keys with two spaces in their name.
* Support for storing .git/annex on a different device than the rest of the
git repository.
* --inbackend can be used to make git-annex only operate on files
whose content is stored using a specified key-value backend.
* dead: A command which says that a repository is gone for good
and you don't want git-annex to mention it again.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 03 Dec 2011 21:01:45 -0400

git-annex (3.20111122) unstable; urgency=low

* merge: Improve commit messages to mention what was merged.
* Avoid doing auto-merging in commands that don't need fully current
information from the git-annex branch. In particular, git annex add
no longer needs to auto-merge.
* init: When run in an already initalized repository, and without
a description specified, don't delete the old description.
* Optimised union merging; now only runs git cat-file once, and runs
in constant space.
* status: Now displays trusted, untrusted, and semitrusted repositories
* status: Include all special remotes in the list of repositories.
* status: Fix --json mode.
* status: --fast is back
* Fix support for insteadOf url remapping. Closes: #644278
* When not run in a git repository, git-annex can still display a usage
message, and "git annex version" even works.
* migrate: Don't fall over a stale temp file.
* Avoid excessive escaping for rsync special remotes that are not accessed
over ssh.
* find: Support --print0

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:31:45 -0400

git-annex (3.20111111) unstable; urgency=low

* Handle a case where an annexed file is moved into a gitignored directory,
by having fix --force add its change.
* Avoid cyclic drop problems.
* Optimized copy --from and get --from to avoid checking the location log
for files that are already present.
* Automatically fix up badly formatted uuid.log entries produced by
3.20111105, whenever the uuid.log is changed (ie, by init or describe).
* map: Support remotes with /~/ and /~user/

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:44:18 -0400

git-annex (3.20111107) unstable; urgency=low

* merge: Use fast-forward merges when possible.
Thanks Valentin Haenel for a test case showing how non-fast-forward
merges could result in an ongoing pull/merge/push cycle.
* Don't try to read config from repos with annex-ignore set.
* Bugfix: In the past two releases, git-annex init has written the uuid.log
in the wrong format, with the UUID and description flipped.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 12:47:44 -0400

git-annex (3.20111105) unstable; urgency=low

* The default backend used when adding files to the annex is changed
from WORM to SHA256.
To get old behavior, add a .gitattributes containing: * annex.backend=WORM
* Sped up some operations on remotes that are on the same host.
* copy --to: Fixed leak when copying many files to a remote on the same
* uninit: Add guard against being run with the git-annex branch checked out.
* Fail if --from or --to is passed to commands that do not support them.
* drop --from is now supported to remove file content from a remote.
* status: Now always shows the current repository, even when it does not
appear in uuid.log.
* fsck: Now works in bare repositories. Checks location log information,
and file contents. Does not check that numcopies is satisfied, as
.gitattributes information about numcopies is not available in a bare
* unused, dropunused: Now work in bare repositories.
* Removed the setkey command, and added a reinject command with a more
useful interface.
* The fromkey command now takes the key as its first parameter. The --key
option is no longer used.
* Built without any filename containing .git being excluded. Closes: #647215
* Record uuid when auto-initializing a remote so it shows in status.
* Bugfix: Fixed git-annex init crash in a bare repository when there was
already an existing git-annex branch.
* Pass -t to rsync to preserve timestamps.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 15:47:52 -0400

git-annex (3.20111025) unstable; urgency=low

* A remote can have a annexUrl configured, that is used by git-annex
instead of its usual url. (Similar to pushUrl.)
* migrate: Copy url logs for keys when migrating.
environment variables can be set to limit what commands can be run.
This is used by gitolite's new git-annex support!

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:03:08 -0700

git-annex (3.20111011) unstable; urgency=low

* This version of git-annex only works with git 1.7.7 and newer.
The breakage with old versions is subtle, and affects the
annex.numcopies settings in .gitattributes, so be sure to upgrade git
to 1.7.7. (Debian package now depends on that version.)
* Don't pass absolute paths to git show-attr, as it started following
symlinks when that's done in 1.7.7. Instead, use relative paths,
which show-attr only handles 100% correctly in 1.7.7. Closes: #645046
* Fix referring to remotes by uuid.
* New or changed repository descriptions in uuid.log now have a timestamp,
which is used to ensure the newest description is used when the uuid.log
has been merged.
* Note that older versions of git-annex will display the timestamp as part
of the repository description, which is ugly but otherwise harmless.
* Add timestamps to trust.log and remote.log too.
* git-annex-shell: Added the --uuid option.
* git-annex now asks git-annex-shell to verify that it's operating in
the expected repository.
* Note that this git-annex will not interoperate with remotes using
older versions of git-annex-shell.
* Now supports git's insteadOf configuration, to modify the url
used to access a remote. Note that pushInsteadOf is not used;
that and pushurl are reserved for actual git pushes. Closes: #644278
* status: List all known repositories.
* When displaying a list of repositories, show git remote names
in addition to their descriptions.
* Add locking to avoid races when changing the git-annex branch.
* Various speed improvements gained by using ByteStrings.
* Contain the zombie hordes.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 23:00:02 -0400

git-annex (3.20110928) unstable; urgency=low

* --in can be used to make git-annex only operate on files
believed to be present in a given repository.
* Arbitrarily complex expressions can be built to limit the files git-annex
operates on, by combining the options --not --and --or -( and -)
Example: git annex get --exclude '*.mp3' --and --not -( --in usbdrive --or --in archive -)
* --copies=N can be used to make git-annex only operate on files with
the specified number of copies. (And --not --copies=N for the inverse.)
* find: Rather than only showing files whose contents are present,
when used with --exclude --copies or --in, displays all files that
match the specified conditions.
* Note that this is a behavior change for git-annex find! Old behavior
can be gotten by using: git-annex find --in .
* status: Massively sped up; remove --fast mode.
* unused: File contents used by branches and tags are no longer
considered unused, even when not used by the current branch. This is
the final piece of the puzzle needed for git-annex to to play nicely
with branches.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:14:02 -0400

git-annex (3.20110915) unstable; urgency=low

* whereis: Show untrusted locations separately and do not include in
location count.
* Fix build without S3.
* addurl: Always use whole url as destination filename, rather than
only its file component.
* get, drop, copy: Added --auto option, which decides whether
to get/drop content as needed to work toward the configured numcopies.
* bugfix: drop and fsck did not honor --exclude

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 22:25:46 -0400

git-annex (3.20110906) unstable; urgency=low

* Improve display of newlines around error and warning messages.
* Fix Makefile to work with cabal again.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:45:16 -0400

git-annex (3.20110902) unstable; urgency=low

* Set EMAIL when running test suite so that git does not need to be
configured first. Closes: #638998
* The wget command will now be used in preference to curl, if available.
* init: Make description an optional parameter.
* unused, status: Sped up by avoiding unnecessary stats of annexed files.
* unused --remote: Reduced memory use to 1/4th what was used before.
* Add --json switch, to produce machine-consumable output.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 21:20:37 -0400

git-annex (3.20110819) unstable; urgency=low

* Now "git annex init" only has to be run once, when a git repository
is first being created. Clones will automatically notice that git-annex
is in use and automatically perform a basic initalization. It's
still recommended to run "git annex init" in any clones, to describe them.
* Added annex-cost-command configuration, which can be used to vary the
cost of a remote based on the output of a shell command.
* Fix broken upgrade from V1 repository. Closes: #638584

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:34:09 -0400

git-annex (3.20110817) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix shell escaping in rsync special remote.
* addurl: --fast can be used to avoid immediately downloading the url.
* Added support for getting content from git remotes using http (and https).
* Added curl to Debian package dependencies.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 01:29:02 -0400

git-annex (3.20110719) unstable; urgency=low

* add: Be even more robust to avoid ever leaving the file seemingly deleted.
Closes: #634233
* Bugfix: Make add ../ work.
* Support the standard git -c name=value
* unannex: Clean up use of git commit -a.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 23:39:53 -0400

git-annex (3.20110707) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix sign bug in disk free space checking.
* Bugfix: Forgot to de-escape keys when upgrading. Could result in
bad location log data for keys that contain [&:%] in their names.
(A workaround for this problem is to run git annex fsck.)
* add: Avoid a failure mode that resulted in the file seemingly being
deleted (content put in the annex but no symlink present).

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 19:29:39 -0400

git-annex (3.20110705) unstable; urgency=low

* uninit: Delete the git-annex branch and .git/annex/
* unannex: In --fast mode, file content is left in the annex, and a
hard link made to it.
* uninit: Use unannex in --fast mode, to support unannexing multiple
files that link to the same content.
* Drop the dependency on the haskell curl bindings, use regular haskell HTTP.
* Fix a pipeline stall when upgrading (caused by #624389).

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 14:37:39 -0400

git-annex (3.20110702) unstable; urgency=low

* Now the web can be used as a special remote.
This feature replaces the old URL backend.
* addurl: New command to download an url and store it in the annex.
* Sped back up fsck, copy --from, and other commands that often
have to read a lot of information from the git-annex branch. Such
commands are now faster than they were before introduction of the
git-annex branch.
* Always ensure git-annex branch exists.
* Modify location log parser to allow future expansion.
* --force will cause add, etc, to operate on ignored files.
* Avoid mangling encoding when storing the description of repository
and other content.
* cabal can now be used to build git-annex. This is substantially
slower than using make, does not build or install documentation,
does not run the test suite, and is not particularly recommended,
but could be useful to some.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 02 Jul 2011 15:00:18 -0400

git-annex (3.20110624) experimental; urgency=low

* New repository format, annex.version=3. Use `git annex upgrade` to migrate.
* git-annex now stores its logs in a git-annex branch.
* merge: New subcommand. Auto-merges the new git-annex branch.
* Improved handling of bare git repos with annexes. Many more commands will
work in them.
* git-annex is now more robust; it will never leave state files
uncommitted when some other git process comes along and locks the index
at an inconvenient time.
* rsync is now used when copying files from repos on other filesystems.
cp is still used when copying file from repos on the same filesystem,
since --reflink=auto can make it significantly faster on filesystems
such as btrfs.
* Allow --trust etc to specify a repository by name, for temporarily
trusting repositories that are not configured remotes.
* unlock: Made atomic.
* git-union-merge: New git subcommand, that does a generic union merge
operation, and operates efficiently without touching the working tree.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:32:18 -0400

git-annex (0.20110610) unstable; urgency=low

* Add --numcopies option.
* Add --trust, --untrust, and --semitrust options.
* get --from is the same as copy --from
* Bugfix: Fix fsck to not think all SHAnE keys are bad.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:48:40 -0400

git-annex (0.20110601) unstable; urgency=low

* Minor bugfixes and error message improvements.
* Massively sped up `git annex lock` by avoiding use of the uber-slow
`git reset`, and only running `git checkout` once, even when many files
are being locked.
* Fix locking of files with staged changes.
* Somewhat sped up `git commit` of modifications to unlocked files.
* Build fix for older ghc.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 11:50:47 -0400

git-annex (0.20110522) unstable; urgency=low

* Closer emulation of git's behavior when told to use "foo/.git" as a
git repository instead of just "foo". Closes: #627563
* Fix bug in --exclude introduced in 0.20110516.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 27 May 2011 20:20:41 -0400

git-annex (0.20110521) unstable; urgency=low

* status: New subcommand to show info about an annex, including its size.
* --backend now overrides any backend configured in .gitattributes files.
* Add --debug option. Closes: #627499

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 21 May 2011 11:52:53 -0400

git-annex (0.20110516) unstable; urgency=low

* Add a few tweaks to make it easy to use the Internet Archive's variant
of S3. In particular, munge key filenames to comply with the IA's filename
limits, disable encryption, support their nonstandard way of creating
buckets, and allow x-archive-* headers to be specified in initremote to
set item metadata.
* Added filename extension preserving variant backends SHA1E, SHA256E, etc.
* migrate: Use current filename when generating new key, for backends
where the filename affects the key name.
* Work around a bug in Network.URI's handling of bracketed ipv6 addresses.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 16 May 2011 14:16:52 -0400

git-annex (0.20110503) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix hasKeyCheap setting for bup and rsync special remotes.
* Add hook special remotes.
* Avoid crashing when an existing key is readded to the annex.
* unused: Now also lists files fsck places in .git/annex/bad/
* S3: When encryption is enabled, the Amazon S3 login credentials
are stored, encrypted, in .git-annex/remotes.log, so environment
variables need not be set after the remote is initialized.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 03 May 2011 20:56:01 -0400

git-annex (0.20110427) unstable; urgency=low

* Switch back to haskell SHA library, so git-annex remains buildable on
Debian stable.
* Added rsync special remotes. This could be used, for example, to
store annexed content on (encrypted naturally). Or anywhere else.
* Bugfix: Avoid pipeline stall when running git annex drop or fsck on a
lot of files. Possibly only occured with ghc 7.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 22:50:26 -0400

git-annex (0.20110425) unstable; urgency=low

* Use haskell Crypto library instead of haskell SHA library.
* Remove testpack from build depends for non x86 architectures where it
is not available. The test suite will not be run if it cannot be compiled.
* Avoid using absolute paths when staging location log, as that can
confuse git when a remote's path contains a symlink. Closes: #621386

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:47:00 -0400

git-annex (0.20110420) unstable; urgency=low

* Update Debian build dependencies for ghc 7.
* Debian package is now built with S3 support.
Thanks Joachim Breitner for making this possible.
* Somewhat improved memory usage of S3, still work to do.
Thanks Greg Heartsfield for ongoing work to improve the hS3 library
for git-annex.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:00:48 -0400

git-annex (0.20110419) unstable; urgency=low

* Don't run gpg in batch mode, so it can prompt for passphrase when
there is no agent.
* Add missing build dep on dataenc.
* S3: Fix stalls when transferring encrypted data.
* bup: Avoid memory leak when transferring encrypted data.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:26:51 -0400

git-annex (0.20110417) unstable; urgency=low

* bup is now supported as a special type of remote.
* The data sent to special remotes (Amazon S3, bup, etc) can be encrypted
using GPG for privacy.
* Use lowercase hash directories for locationlog files, to avoid
some issues with git on OSX with the mixed-case directories.
No migration is needed; the old mixed case hash directories are still
read; new information is written to the new directories.
* Unused files on remotes, particulary special remotes, can now be
identified and dropped, by using "--from remote" with git annex unused
and git annex dropunused.
* Clear up short option confusion between --from and --force (-f is now
--from, and there is no short option for --force).
* Add build depend on perlmagick so docs are consistently built.
Closes: #621410
* Add doc-base file. Closes: #621408
* Periodically flush git command queue, to avoid boating memory usage
too much.
* Support "sha1" and "sha512" commands on FreeBSD, and allow building
if any/all SHA commands are not available. Thanks, Fraser Tweedale

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:00:24 -0400

git-annex (0.20110401) experimental; urgency=low

* Amazon S3 is now supported as a special type of remote.
Warning: Encrypting data before sending it to S3 is not yet supported.
* Note that Amazon S3 support is not built in by default on Debian yet,
as hS3 is not packaged.
* fsck: Ensure that files and directories in .git/annex/objects
have proper permissions.
* Added a special type of remote called a directory remote, which
simply stores files in an arbitrary local directory.
* Bugfix: copy --to --fast never really copied, fixed.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 21:27:22 -0400

git-annex (0.20110328) experimental; urgency=low

* annex.diskreserve can be given in arbitrary units (ie "0.5 gigabytes")
* Generalized remotes handling, laying groundwork for remotes that are
not regular git remotes. (Think Amazon S3.)
* Provide a less expensive version of `git annex copy --to`, enabled
via --fast. This assumes that location tracking information is correct,
rather than contacting the remote for every file.
* Bugfix: Keys could be received into v1 annexes from v2 annexes, via
v1 git-annex-shell. This results in some oddly named keys in the v1
annex. Recognise and fix those keys when upgrading, instead of crashing.

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:47:29 -0400

git-annex (0.20110325) experimental; urgency=low

* Free space checking is now done, for transfers of data for keys
that have free space metadata. (Notably, not for SHA* keys generated
with git-annex 0.2x or earlier.) The code is believed to work on
Linux, FreeBSD, and OSX; check compile-time messages to see if it
is not enabled for your OS.
* Add annex.diskreserve config setting, to control how much free space
to reserve for other purposes and avoid using (defaults to 1 mb).
* Add --fast flag, that can enable less expensive, but also less thorough
versions of some commands.
* fsck: In fast mode, avoid checking checksums.
* unused: In fast mode, just show all existing temp files as unused,
and avoid expensive scan for other unused content.
* migrate: Support migrating v1 SHA keys to v2 SHA keys with
size information that can be used for free space checking.
* Fix space leak in fsck and drop commands.
* migrate: Bugfix for case when migrating a file results in a key that
is already present in .git/annex/objects.
* dropunused: Significantly sped up; only read unused log file once.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:47:37 -0400

git-annex (0.20110320) experimental; urgency=low

* Fix dropping of files using the URL backend.
* Fix support for remotes with '.' in their names.
* Add version command to show git-annex version as well as repository
version information.
* No longer auto-upgrade to repository format 2, to avoid accidental
upgrades, etc. Use git-annex upgrade when you're ready to run this

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 16:36:33 -0400

git-annex (0.20110316) experimental; urgency=low

* New repository format, annex.version=2.
* The first time git-annex is run in an old format repository, it
will automatically upgrade it to the new format, staging all
necessary changes to git. Also added a "git annex upgrade" command.
* Colons are now avoided in filenames, so bare clones of git repos
can be put on USB thumb drives formatted with vFAT or similar
* Added two levels of hashing to object directory and .git-annex logs,
to improve scalability with enormous numbers of annexed
objects. (With one hundred million annexed objects, each
directory would contain fewer than 1024 files.)
* The setkey, fromkey, and dropkey subcommands have changed how
the key is specified. --backend is no longer used with these.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:20:23 -0400

git-annex (0.24) unstable; urgency=low

Branched the 0.24 series, which will be maintained for a while to
support v1 git-annex repos, while main development moves to the 0.2011
series, with v2 git-annex repos.

* Add Suggests on graphviz. Closes: #618039
* When adding files to the annex, the symlinks pointing at the annexed
content are made to have the same mtime as the original file.
While git does not preserve that information, this allows a tool
like metastore to be used with annexed files.
(Currently this is only done on systems supporting POSIX 200809.)

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:35:13 -0400

git-annex (0.23) unstable; urgency=low

* Support ssh remotes with a port specified.
* whereis: New subcommand to show where a file's content has gotten to.
* Rethink filename encoding handling for display. Since filename encoding
may or may not match locale settings, any attempt to decode filenames
will fail for some files. So instead, do all output in binary mode.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:02:49 -0400

git-annex (0.22) unstable; urgency=low

* Git annexes can now be attached to bare git repositories.
(Both the local and remote host must have this version of git-annex
installed for it to work.)
* Support filenames that start with a dash; when such a file is passed
to a utility it will be escaped to avoid it being interpreted as an
option. (I went a little overboard and got the type checker involved
in this, so such files are rather comprehensively supported now.)
* New backends: SHA512 SHA384 SHA256 SHA224
(Supported on systems where corresponding shaNsum commands are available.)
* describe: New subcommand that can set or change the description of
a repository.
* Fix test suite to reap zombies.
(Zombies can be particularly annoying on OSX; thanks to Jimmy Tang
for his help eliminating the infestation... for now.)
* Make test suite not rely on a working cp -pr.
(The Unix wars are still ON!)
* Look for dir.git directories the same as git does.
* Support remote urls specified as relative paths.
* Support non-ssh remote paths that contain tilde expansions.
* fsck: Check for and repair location log damage.
* Bugfix: When fsck detected and moved away corrupt file content, it did
not update the location log.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 15:10:57 -0400

git-annex (0.21) unstable; urgency=low

* test: Don't rely on chmod -R working.
* unannex: Fix recently introduced bug when attempting to unannex more
than one file at a time.
* test: Set git user name and email in case git can't guess values.
* Fix display of unicode filenames.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 23:21:08 -0400

git-annex (0.20) unstable; urgency=low

* Preserve specified file ordering when instructed to act on multiple
files or directories. For example, "git annex get a b" will now always
get "a" before "b". Previously it could operate in either order.
* unannex: Commit staged changes at end, to avoid some confusing behavior
with the pre-commit hook, which would see some types of commits after
an unannex as checking in of an unlocked file.
* map: New subcommand that uses graphviz to display a nice map of
the git repository network.
* Deal with the mtl/monads-fd conflict.
* configure: Check for sha1sum.

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 18:57:24 -0400

git-annex (0.19) unstable; urgency=low

* configure: Support using the uuidgen command if the uuid command is
not available.
* Allow --exclude to be specified more than once.
* There are now three levels of repository trust.
* untrust: Now marks the current repository as untrusted.
* semitrust: Now restores the default trust level. (What untrust used to do.)
* fsck, drop: Take untrusted repositories into account.
* Bugfix: Files were copied from trusted remotes first even if their
annex.cost was higher than other remotes.
* Improved temp file handling. Transfers of content can now be resumed
from temp files later; the resume does not have to be the immediate
next git-annex run.
* unused: Include partially transferred content in the list.
* Bugfix: Running a second git-annex while a first has a transfer in
progress no longer deletes the first processes's temp file.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:31:37 -0400

git-annex (0.18) unstable; urgency=low

* Bugfix: `copy --to` and `move --to` forgot to stage location log changes
after transferring the file to the remote repository.
(Did not affect ssh remotes.)
* fsck: Fix bug in moving of corrupted files to .git/annex/bad/
* migrate: Fix support for --backend option.
* unlock: Fix behavior when file content is not present.
* Test suite improvements. Current top-level test coverage: 80%

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:17:44 -0400

git-annex (0.17) unstable; urgency=low

* unannex: Now skips files whose content is not present, rather than
it being an error.
* New migrate subcommand can be used to switch files to using a different
backend, safely and with no duplication of content.
* bugfix: Fix crash caused by empty key name. (Thanks Henrik for reporting.)

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 09 Jan 2011 10:04:11 -0400

git-annex (0.16) unstable; urgency=low

* git-annex-shell: Avoid exposing any git repo config except for the
annex.uuid when doing configlist.
* bugfix: Running `move --to` with a remote whose UUID was not yet known
could result in git-annex not recording on the local side where the
file was moved to. This could not result in data loss, or even a
significant problem, since the remote *did* record that it had the file.
* Also, add a general guard to detect attempts to record information
about repositories with missing UUIDs.
* bugfix: Running `move --to` with a non-ssh remote failed.
* bugfix: Running `copy --to` with a non-ssh remote actually did a move.
* Many test suite improvements. Current top-level test coverage: 65%

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 14:33:13 -0400

git-annex (0.15) unstable; urgency=low

* Support scp-style urls for remotes (host:path).
* Support ssh urls containing "~".
* Add trust and untrust subcommands, to allow configuring repositories
that are trusted to retain files without explicit checking.
* Fix bug in numcopies handling when multiple remotes pointed to the
same repository.
* Introduce the git-annex-shell command. It's now possible to make
a user have it as a restricted login shell, similar to git-shell.
* Note that git-annex will always use git-annex-shell when accessing
a ssh remote, so all of your remotes need to be upgraded to this
version of git-annex at the same time.
* Now rsync is exclusively used for copying files to and from remotes.
scp is not longer supported.

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 22:00:52 -0400

git-annex (0.14) unstable; urgency=low

* Bugfix to git annex unused in a repository with nothing yet annexed.
* Support upgrading from a v0 annex with nothing in it.
* Avoid multiple calls to git ls-files when passed eg, "*".

-- Joey Hess <> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 17:38:48 -0400

git-annex (0.13) unstable; urgency=low

* Makefile: Install man page and html (when built).
* Makefile: Add GHCFLAGS variable.
* Fix upgrade from 0.03.
* Support remotes using git+ssh and ssh+git as protocol.
Closes: #607056

-- Joey Hess <> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:05:10 -0400

git-annex (0.12) unstable; urgency=low

* Add --exclude option to exclude files from processing.
* mwdn2man: Fix a bug in newline supression. Closes: #606578
* Bugfix to git annex add of an unlocked file in a subdir. Closes: #606579
* Makefile: Add PREFIX variable.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 17:32:00 -0400

git-annex (0.11) unstable; urgency=low

* If available, rsync will be used for file transfers from remote
repositories. This allows resuming interrupted transfers.
* Added remote.annex-rsync-options.
* Avoid deleting temp files when rsync fails.
* Improve detection of version 0 repos.
* Add uninit subcommand. Closes: #605749

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 04 Dec 2010 17:27:42 -0400

git-annex (0.10) unstable; urgency=low

* In .gitattributes, the annex.numcopies attribute can be used
to control the number of copies to retain of different types of files.
* Bugfix: Always correctly handle gitattributes when in a subdirectory of
the repository. (Had worked ok for ones like "*.mp3", but failed for
ones like "dir/*".)
* fsck: Fix warning about not enough copies of a file, when locations
are known, but are not available in currently configured remotes.
* precommit: Optimise to avoid calling git-check-attr more than once.
* The git-annex-backend attribute has been renamed to annex.backend.

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 19:28:05 -0400

git-annex (0.09) unstable; urgency=low

* Add copy subcommand.
* Fix bug in setkey subcommand triggered by move --to.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:14:59 -0400

git-annex (0.08) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix `git annex add ../foo` (when ran in a subdir of the repo).
* Add configure step to build process.
* Only use cp -a if it is supported, falling back to cp -p or plain cp
as needed for portability.
* cp --reflink=auto is used if supported, and will make git annex unlock
much faster on filesystems like btrfs that support copy on write.

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 21 Nov 2010 13:45:44 -0400

git-annex (0.07) unstable; urgency=low

* find: New subcommand.
* unused: New subcommand, finds unused data. (Split out from fsck.)
* dropunused: New subcommand, provides for easy dropping of unused keys
by number, as listed by the unused subcommand.
* fsck: Print warnings to stderr; --quiet can now be used to only see

-- Joey Hess <> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:41:50 -0400

git-annex (0.06) unstable; urgency=low

* fsck: Check if annex.numcopies is satisfied.
* fsck: Verify the sha1 of files when the SHA1 backend is used.
* fsck: Verify the size of files when the WORM backend is used.
* fsck: Allow specifying individual files if fscking everything
is not desired.
* fsck: Fix bug, introduced in 0.04, in detection of unused data.

-- Joey Hess <> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 16:24:29 -0400

git-annex (0.05) unstable; urgency=low

* Optimize both pre-commit and lock subcommands to not call git diff
on every file being committed/locked.
(This actually also works around a bug in ghc, that caused
git-annex 0.04 pre-commit to sometimes corrupt filename being read
from git ls-files and fail.
See <>
The excessive number of calls made by pre-commit exposed the ghc bug.
Thanks Josh Triplett for the debugging.)
* Build with -O2.

-- Joey Hess <> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 18:31:09 -0400

git-annex (0.04) unstable; urgency=low

* Add unlock subcommand, which replaces the symlink with a copy of
the file's content in preparation of changing it. The "edit" subcommand
is an alias for unlock.
* Add lock subcommand.
* Unlocked files will now automatically be added back into the annex when
committed (and the updated symlink committed), by some magic in the
pre-commit hook.
* The SHA1 backend is now fully usable.
* Add annex.version, which will be used to automate upgrades
between incompatible versions.
* Reorganised the layout of .git/annex/
* The new layout will be automatically upgraded to the first time
git-annex is used in a repository with the old layout.
* Note that git-annex 0.04 cannot transfer content from old repositories
that have not yet been upgraded.
* Annexed file contents are now made unwritable and put in unwriteable
directories, to avoid them accidentally being removed or modified.
(Thanks Josh Triplett for the idea.)
* Add build dep on libghc6-testpack-dev. Closes: #603016
* Avoid using runghc to run test suite as it is not available on all
architectures. Closes: #603006

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:23:23 -0400

git-annex (0.03) unstable; urgency=low

* Fix support for file:// remotes.
* Add --verbose
* Fix SIGINT handling.
* Fix handling of files with unusual characters in their name.
* Fixed memory leak; git-annex no longer reads the whole file list
from git before starting, and will be much faster with large repos.
* Fix crash on unknown symlinks.
* Added remote.annex-scp-options and remote.annex-ssh-options.
* The backends to use when adding different sets of files can be configured
via gitattributes.
* In .gitattributes, the git-annex-backend attribute can be set to the
names of backends to use when adding different types of files.
* Add fsck subcommand. (For now it only finds unused key contents in the

-- Joey Hess <> Sun, 07 Nov 2010 18:26:04 -0400

git-annex (0.02) unstable; urgency=low

* Can scp annexed files from remote hosts, and check remote hosts for
file content when dropping files.
* New move subcommand, that makes it easy to move file contents from
or to a remote.
* New fromkey subcommand, for registering urls, etc.
* git-annex init will now set up a pre-commit hook that fixes up symlinks
before they are committed, to ensure that moving symlinks around does not
break them.
* More intelligent and fast staging of modified files; git add coalescing.
* Add remote.annex-ignore git config setting to allow completly disabling
a given remote.
* --from/--to can be used to control the remote repository that git-annex
* --quiet can be used to avoid verbose output
* New plumbing-level dropkey and addkey subcommands.
* Lots of bug fixes.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:39:29 -0400

git-annex (0.01) unstable; urgency=low

* First prerelease.

-- Joey Hess <> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:54:24 -0400
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