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

       git-annex-unlock - unlock files for modification

       git annex unlock [path ...]

       Normally, the content of annexed files is protected from being changed.
       Unlocking an annexed file allows it to be modified. This replaces the
       symlink for each specified file with the file's content.  You can then
       modify it and git annex add (or git commit) to save your changes.

       In repositories with annex.version 5 or earlier, unlocking a file is
       local to the repository, and is temporary. With version 6, unlocking a
       file changes how it is stored in the git repository (from a symlink to a
       pointer file), so you can commit it like any other change. Also in
       version 6, you can use git add to add a file to the annex in unlocked
       form. This allows workflows where a file starts out unlocked, is modified
       as necessary, and is locked once it reaches its final version.

       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; this makes a hard link
       to the content be made instead of a copy. (Only when supported by the
       file system, and only in repository version 6.) 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.

       file matching options

              The git-annex-matching-options(1) can be used to specify files to

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

              Messages that would normally be output to standard error are
              included in the json instead.





       Joey Hess <>