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git-annex-reinject - Man Page

inject content of file back into annex


git annex reinject [src dest]

git annex reinject --known [src]


Moves the content of the src file or files into the annex. Only known file contents will be reinjected. Any unknown src files will be left unchanged.

This can be useful if you have obtained the content of a file from elsewhere and want to put it in the local annex. For example, if a file's content has been lost and you have a backup, you can restore the backup and reinject it into your local repository.

There are two ways to use this command. Specifying a src file and the name of a dest file (located inside the repository's working tree) injects the src file as the content of the dest file.

git annex reinject /tmp/foo.iso foo.iso

Or the --known option can be used to reinject all known src files, without needing to specify the dest file.

git annex reinject --known /tmp/*.iso



With this option, each specified src file is hashed using the default key-value backend (or the one specified with --backend), and if git-annex has a record of the resulting key having been in the annex before, the content is reinjected.

Note that, when using a key-value backend that includes the filename extension in the key, this will only work if the src files have the same extensions as the files with the same content that was originally added to git-annex.

Note that this will reinject old versions of files that have been modified or deleted from the current git branch. Use git-annex-unused(1) to detect when such old and potentially unused files have been reinjected.


Specify the key-value backend to use when checking if a file is known with the --known option.


With this option, each specified source file is checked to see if it has the name of a git-annex key, and if so it is imported as the content of that key.

This can be used to pluck git-annex objects out of lost+found, as long as the original filename has not been lost, and is particularly useful when using key-value backends that don't hash to the content of a file.

When the key-value backend does support hashing, the content of the file is verified before importing it.


Enable JSON output. This is intended to be parsed by programs that use git-annex. Each line of output is a JSON object.


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 <id@joeyh.name>

Referenced By

git-annex(1), git-annex-add(1), git-annex-dead(1), git-annex-import(1), git-annex-setkey(1).