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

       git-annex-repair - recover broken git repository

       git annex repair

       This can repair many of the problems with git repositories that git fsck
       detects, but does not itself fix. It's useful if a repository has become
       badly damaged. One way this can happen is if a repository used by git-
       annex is on a removable drive that gets unplugged at the wrong time.

       This command can actually be used inside git repositories that do not use
       git-annex at all; when used in a repository using git-annex, it does
       additional repairs of the git-annex branch.

       It works by deleting any corrupt objects from the git repository, and
       retrieving all missing objects it can from the remotes of the repository.

       If that is not sufficient to fully recover the repository, it can also
       reset branches back to commits before the corruption happened, delete
       branches that are no longer available due to the lost data, and remove
       any missing files from the index. It will only do this if run with the
       --force option, since that rewrites history and throws out missing data.
       Note that the --force option never touches tags, even if they are no
       longer usable due to missing data.

       After running this command, you will probably want to run git fsck to
       verify it fixed the repository. Note that fsck may still complain about
       objects referenced by the reflog, or the stash, if they were unable to be
       recovered. This command does not try to clean up either the reflog or the

       It is also a good idea to run git annex fsck --fast after this command,
       to make sure that the git-annex branch reflects reality.


              Enable repair actions that involve deleting data that has been
              lost due to git repository corruption.



       Joey Hess <>