|git-annex-mincopies(1)||General Commands Manual||git-annex-mincopies(1)|
Run without a number to get the current value.
This configuration is stored in the git-annex branch, so it will be seen by all clones of the repository. It can be overridden on a per-file basis by the annex.mincopies setting in .gitattributes files, or can be overridden temporarily with the --mincopies option.
This supplements the git-annex-numcopies(1) setting. In unusual situations, involving special remotes that do not support locking, and concurrent drops of the same content from multiple repositories, git-annex may violate the numcopies setting. In these unusual situations, git-annex ensures that the number of copies never goes below mincopies.
It is a good idea to not only rely on only setting mincopies. Set numcopies as well, to a larger number, and keep mincopies at the bare minimum you're comfortable with. Setting mincopies to a large number, rather than setting numcopies will in some cases prevent droping content in entirely safe situations.