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

       git-annex-unused - look for unused file content

       git annex unused

       Checks the annex for data that does not correspond to any files present
       in any tag or branch, and prints a numbered list of the data.

       After running this command, you can use the --unused option with many
       other git-annex commands to operate on all the unused data that was

       For example, to move all unused data to origin:

        git annex unused; git annex move --unused --to origin


              Only show unused temp and bad files.

              Check for unused data that is located on a remote.

              By default, any data that the work tree uses, or that any refs in
              the git repository point to is considered to be used. If you only
              want to use some refs, you can use this option to specify the ones
              to use. Data that is not in the specified refs (and not used by
              the work tree) will then be considered unused.

              The git configuration annex.used-refspec can be used to configure
              this in a more permanent fashion.

       The refspec format for --used-refspec is a colon-separated list of
       additions and removals of refs. For example:


       This adds all refs/heads/ refs, as well as the previous version of HEAD.
       It also adds all tags, except for old-tag.

       The refspec is processed by starting with an empty set of refs, and
       walking the list in order from left to right.

       Each + using a glob is matched against all relevant refs (a subset of git
       show-ref) and all matching refs are added to the set.  For example,
       "+refs/remotes/*" adds all remote refs.

       Each + without a glob adds the literal value to the set.  For example,
       "+HEAD^" adds "HEAD^".

       Each - is matched against the set of refs accumulated so far.  Any
       matching refs are removed from the set.

       "reflog" adds all the refs from the reflog. This will make past versions
       of files not be considered to be unused until the ref expires from the
       reflog (by default for 90 days). Note that this may make git-annex unused
       take some time to complete, it if needs to check every ref from the




       Joey Hess <>