git-annex-preferred-content(General Commands Mangit-annex-preferred-content(1)

       git-annex-preferred-content - which files are wanted in a repository

       Each repository has a preferred content setting, which specifies
       content that the repository wants to have present. These settings can
       be configured using git annex vicfg or git annex wanted.  They are used
       by the --auto option, by git annex sync --content, and by the git-annex

       While preferred content expresses a preference, it can be overridden by
       simply using git annex drop. On the other hand, required content
       settings are enforced; git annex drop will refuse to drop a file if
       doing so would violate its required content settings. A repository's
       required content can be configured using git annex vicfg or git annex

       Preferred content expressions use a similar syntax to the git-
       annex-matching-options(1), without the dashes.  For example:

        exclude=archive/* and (include=*.mp3 or smallerthan=1mb)

       The idea is that you write an expression that files are matched
       against. If a file matches, the repository wants to store its content.
       If it doesn't, the repository wants to drop its content (if there are
       enough copies elsewhere to allow removing it).

       include=glob / exclude=glob

              Match files to include, or exclude.

              While --include=glob and --exclude=glob match files relative to
              the current directory, preferred content expressions match files
              relative to the top of the git repository.

              For example, suppose you put files into archive directories when
              you're done with them. Then you could configure your laptop to
              prefer to not retain those files, like this: exclude=*/archive/*

              When a subdirectory is being exported or imported to a special
              remote (see git-annex-export(1)) and git-annex-import(1), these
              match relative to the top of the subdirectory.

              Matches only files that git-annex believes to have the specified
              number of copies, or more. Note that it does not check remotes
              to verify that the copies still exist.

              To decide if content should be dropped, git-annex evaluates the
              preferred content expression under the assumption that the
              content has *already* been dropped. If the content would not be
              wanted then, the drop can be done.  So, for example, copies=2 in
              a preferred content expression lets content be dropped only when
              there are currently 3 copies of it, including the repo it's
              being dropped from. This is different than running git annex
              drop --copies=2, which will drop files that currently have 2

              Matches only files that git-annex believes have the specified
              number copies, on remotes with the specified trust level. For
              example, copies=trusted:2

              To match any trust level at or higher than a given level, use
              trustlevel+. For example, copies=semitrusted+:2

              Matches only files that git-annex believes have the specified
              number of copies, on remotes in the specified group. For
              example, copies=archive:2

              Preferred content expressions have no equivalent to the --in
              option, but groups can accomplish similar things. You can add
              repositories to groups, and match against the groups in a
              preferred content expression. So rather than --in=usbdrive, put
              all the USB drives into a "transfer" group, and use

              Matches only files that git-annex believes need the specified
              number or more additional copies to be made in order to satisfy
              their numcopies settings.

              Like lackingcopies, but does not look at .gitattributes
              annex.numcopies settings. This makes it significantly faster.

              Matches only files whose content is stored using the specified
              key-value backend.

              Matches only files whose content is hashed using a
              cryptographically secure function.

              Matches only files that git-annex believes are present in all
              repositories in the specified group.

       smallerthan=size / largerthan=size
              Matches only files whose content is smaller than, or larger than
              the specified size.

              The size can be specified with any commonly used units, for
              example, "0.5 gb" or "100 KiloBytes"

              Matches only files that have a metadata field attached with a
              value that matches the glob. The values of metadata fields are
              matched case insensitively.

              To match a tag "done", use metadata=tag=done

              To match author metadata, use metadata=author=*Smith

       metadata=field<number / metadata=field>number

       metadata=field<=number / metadata=field>=number
              Matches only files that have a metadata field attached with a
              value that is a number and is less than or greater than the
              specified number.

              To match PDFs with between 100 and 200 pages (assuming something
              has set that metadata), use metadata=pagecount>=100 and

              Makes content be wanted if it's present, but not otherwise.

              This leaves it up to you to use git-annex manually to move
              content around. You can use this to avoid preferred content
              settings from affecting a subdirectory. For example: auto/* or
              (include=ad-hoc/* and present)

              Note that not present is a very bad thing to put in a preferred
              content expression. It'll make it want to get content that's not
              present, and drop content that is present! Don't go there..

              Makes content be preferred if it's in a directory (located
              anywhere in the tree) with a particular name.

              The name of the directory can be configured using git annex
              enableremote $remote preferreddir=$dirname

              (If no directory name is configured, it uses "public" by

              git-annex comes with some built-in preferred content
              expressions, that can be used with repositories that are in some
              standard groups such as "client" and "transfer".

              When a repository is in exactly one such group, you can use the
              "standard" keyword in its preferred content expression, to match
              whatever content the group's expression matches.

              Most often, the whole preferred content expression is simply
              "standard".  But, you can do more complicated things, for
              example: standard or include=otherdir/*

              The "groupwanted" keyword can be used to refer to a preferred
              content expression that is associated with a group, as long as
              there is exactly one such expression amoung the groups a
              repository is in. This is like the "standard" keyword, but you
              can configure the preferred content expressions using git annex

              When writing a groupwanted preferred content expression, you can
              use all the keywords documented here, including "standard".
              (But not "groupwanted".)

              For example, to make a variant of the standard client preferred
              content expression that does not want files in the "out"
              directory, you could run: git annex groupwanted client "standard
              and exclude=out/*"

              Then repositories that are in the client group and have their
              preferred content expression set to "groupwanted" will use that,
              while other client repositories that have their preferred
              content expression set to "standard" will use the standard

              Or, you could make a new group, with your own custom preferred
              content expression tuned for your needs, and every repository
              you put in this group and make its preferred content be
              "groupwanted" will use it.

              For example, the archive group only wants to archive 1 copy of
              each file, spread among every repository in the group.  Here's
              how to configure a group named redundantarchive, that instead
              wants to contain 3 copies of each file:

               git annex groupwanted redundantarchive "not
               for repo in foo bar baz; do
                   git annex group $repo redundantarchive
                   git annex wanted $repo groupwanted

       unused Matches only keys that git annex unused has determined to be

              This is related the the --unused option.  However, putting
              unused in a preferred content expression doesn't make git-annex
              consider those unused keys. So when git-annex is only checking
              preferred content expressions against files in the repository
              (which are obviously used), unused in a preferred content
              expression won't match anything.

              So when is unused useful in a preferred content expression?

              Using git annex sync --content --all will operate on all files,
              including unused ones, and take unused in preferred content
              expressions into account.

              The git-annex assistant periodically scans for unused files, and
              moves them to some repository whose preferred content expression
              says it wants them. (Or, if annex.expireunused is set, it may
              just delete them.)

              Always matches.

              Never matches. (Same as "not anything")

       not expression
              Inverts what the expression matches. For example, not
              include=archive/* is the same as exclude=archive/*

       and / or / ( expression )
              These can be used to build up more complicated expressions.

       To check at the command line which files are matched by a repository's
       preferred content settings, you can use the --want-get and --want-drop

       For example, git annex find --want-get --not --in . will find all the
       files that git annex get --auto will want to get, and git annex find
       --want-drop --in . will find all the files that git annex drop --auto
       will want to drop.






       Joey Hess <>