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


git-annex-unannex - undo accidental add command


git annex unannex [path ...]


Use this to undo an accidental git annex add command. It puts the file back how it was before the add.

Note that for safety, the content of the file remains in the annex, until you use git annex unused and git annex dropunused.

This is not the command you should use if you intentionally added a file some time ago, and don't want its contents any more. In that case you should use git annex drop instead, and you can also git rm the file.


Normally this does a slow copy of the file. In --fast mode, it instead makes a hard link from the file to the content in the annex. But use --fast mode with caution, because editing the file will change the content in the annex.
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.
The git-annex-matching-options(1) can be used to specify files to unannex.
git-annex-common-options(1) can be used.




Joey Hess <>