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PUBLIC-INBOX-CLONE(1) public-inbox user manual PUBLIC-INBOX-CLONE(1)


public-inbox-clone - "git clone --mirror" wrapper


public-inbox-clone INBOX_URL [INBOX_DIR]


public-inbox-clone is a wrapper around "git clone --mirror" for making the initial clone of a remote HTTP(S) public-inbox. It allows cloning multi-epoch v2 inboxes with a single command and zero configuration.

It does not run public-inbox-init(1) nor public-inbox-index(1). Those commands must be run separately if serving/searching the mirror is required. As-is, public-inbox-clone is suitable for creating a git-only backup.

public-inbox-clone creates a Makefile with handy targets to update the inbox once indexed. This Makefile may be edited by the user; it will not be rewritten by public-inbox-fetch(1) unless it is removed completely.

public-inbox-clone does not use nor require any extra configuration files (not even "~/.public-inbox/config").

public-inbox-fetch(1) may be used to keep "INBOX_DIR" up-to-date.

For v2 inboxes, it will create a "$INBOX_DIR/manifest.js.gz" file to speed up subsequent public-inbox-fetch(1).


Restrict clones of public-inbox-v2-format(5) inboxes to the given range of epochs. The range may be a single non-negative integer or a (possibly open-ended) "LOW..HIGH" range of non-negative integers. "~" may be prefixed to either (or both) integer values to represent the offset from the maximum possible value.

For example, "--epoch=~0" alone clones only the latest epoch, "--epoch=~2.." clones the three latest epochs.

Default: "0..~0" or 0.. or "..~0" (all epochs, all three examples are equivalent)

Quiets down progress messages, also passed to git-fetch(1).
Increases verbosity, also passed to git-fetch(1).
Whether to wrap git(1) and curl(1) commands with torsocks(1).

Default: "auto"


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public-inbox-fetch(1), public-inbox-init(1), public-inbox-index(1)

1993-10-02 public-inbox.git