git-annex-adjust(1) General Commands Manual git-annex-adjust(1)

git-annex-adjust - enter an adjusted branch

git annex adjust --unlock|--lock|--fix|--hide-missing [--unlock|--lock|--fix]|--unlock-present

Enters an adjusted form of the current branch. The annexed files will be treated differently. For example with --unlock all annexed files will be unlocked.

The adjusted branch will have a name like "adjusted/master(unlocked)". Since it's a regular git branch, you can use git checkout to switch back to the original branch at any time.

While in the adjusted branch, you can use git-annex and git commands as usual. Any commits that you make will initially only be made to the adjusted branch.

To propagate commits from the adjusted branch back to the original branch, and to other repositories, as well as to merge in changes from other repositories, run git annex sync.

When in an adjusted branch, using git merge otherbranch is often not ideal, because merging a non-adjusted branch may lead to unncessary merge conflicts, or add files in non-adjusted form. To avoid those problems, use git annex merge otherbranch.

Re-running this command with the same options while inside the adjusted branch will update the adjusted branch as necessary (eg for --hide-missing and --unlock-present), and will also propagate commits back to the original branch.

--unlock
Unlock all annexed files in the adjusted branch. This allows annexed files to be modified.
Normally, unlocking a file requires a copy to be made of its content, so that its original content is preserved, while the copy can be modified. To use less space, annex.thin can be set to true before running this command; this makes a hard link to the content be made instead of a copy. (When supported by the file system.) While this can save considerable disk space, any modification made to a file will cause the old version of the file to be lost from the local repository. So, enable annex.thin with care.
When in an adjusted unlocked branch, git annex add will add files unlocked instead of the default behavior of adding them locked.
--lock
Lock all annexed file in the adjusted branch. This may be preferred by those who like seeing broken symlinks when the content of an annexed file is not present.
When in an adjusted locked branch, git annex add will add files locked, as usual. However, git add (and git commit -a etc) still add files unlocked. This is because it's not possible for those git commands to add files locked.
--fix
Fix the symlinks to annexed files to point to the local git annex object directory. This can be useful if a repository is checked out in an unusual way that prevents the symlinks committed to git from pointing at the annex objects.
--hide-missing
Only include annexed files in the adjusted branch when their content is present.
The adjusted branch is not immediately changed when content availability changes, so if you git annex drop files, they will become broken links in the usual way. And when files that were missing are copied into the repository from elsewhere, they won't immediatly become visible in the branch.
To update the adjusted branch to reflect changes to content availability, run git annex adjust --hide-missing again. Or, to automate updates, set the annex.adjustedbranchrefresh config.
Despite missing files being hidden, git annex sync --content will still operate on them, and can be used to download missing files from remotes. It also updates the adjusted branch after transferring content.
This option can be combined with --unlock, --lock, or --fix.
--unlock-present
Unlock files whose content is present, and lock files whose content is missing. This provides the benefits of working with unlocked files, but makes it easier to see when the content of a file is not missing, since it will be a broken symlink.
The adjusted branch is not immediately changed when content availability changes, so when you git annex get files, they will remain locked. And when you git annex drop files, they will remain locked and so will not be broken symlinks.
To update the adjusted branch to reflect changes to content availability, run git annex adjust --unlock-present again. Or, to automate updates, set the annex.adjustedbranchrefresh config. Or use git-annex sync --content, which updates the branch after transferring content.

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Joey Hess <id@joeyh.name>