git-annex-reinit - Man Page

initialize repository, reusing old UUID


git annex reinit uuid|description


Normally, initializing a repository generates a new, unique identifier (UUID) for that repository. Occasionally it may be useful to reuse a UUID -- for example, if a repository got deleted, and you're setting it back up.

Use this with caution; it can be confusing to have two existing repositories with the same UUID.

Make sure you run git annex fsck after changing the UUID of a repository to make sure location tracking information is recorded correctly.

Like git annex init, this attempts to enable any special remotes that are configured with autoenable=true.



Enable JSON output. This is intended to be parsed by programs that use git-annex.


Messages that would normally be output to standard error are included in the JSON instead.

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

See Also





Joey Hess <>

Referenced By

git-annex(1), git-annex-init(1).