git‐annex‐examinekey − prints information from a key

git annex examinekey [key ...]

This plumbing−level command is given a key, and prints
information that can be determined purely by looking at the


     Use custom output formatting.

     The value is a format string, in which ’${var}’ is
     expanded to the value of a variable. To right−justify a
     variable with whitespace, use ’${var;width}’ ; to
     left−justify a variable, use ’${var;−width}’; to escape
     unusual characters in a variable, use ’${escaped_var}’

     These variables are available for use in formats: key,
     backend, bytesize, humansize, keyname, hashdirlower,
     hashdirmixed, mtime (for the mtime field of a WORM

     Also, ’\n’ is a newline, ’\000’ is a NULL, etc.

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

     Enable batch mode, in which a line containing a key is
     read from stdin, the information about it is output to
     stdout, and repeat.

The location a key’s value is stored (in indirect mode) can
be looked up by running:

      git annex examinekey $KEY



Joey Hess <>