datalad push


datalad push [-h] [-d DATASET] [--to SIBLING] [--since SINCE] [--data
    {anything|nothing|auto|auto-if-wanted}] [-f
    {all|gitpush|checkdatapresent}] [-r] [-R LEVELS] [-J NJOBS]
    [--version] [PATH ...]


Push a dataset to a known sibling.

This makes a saved state of a dataset available to a sibling or special remote data store of a dataset. Any target sibling must already exist and be known to the dataset.

By default, all files tracked in the last saved state (of the current branch) will be copied to the target location. Optionally, it is possible to limit a push to changes relative to a particular point in the version history of a dataset (e.g. a release tag) using the –since option in conjunction with the specification of a reference dataset. In recursive mode subdatasets will also be evaluated, and only those subdatasets are pushed where a change was recorded that is reflected in the current state of the top-level reference dataset.


Power-user info: This command uses git push, and git annex copy to push a dataset. Publication targets are either configured remote Git repositories, or git-annex special remotes (if they support data upload).



path to constrain a push to. If given, only data or changes for those paths are considered for a push. Constraints: value must be a string or value must be NONE

-h, --help, --help-np

show this help message. –help-np forcefully disables the use of a pager for displaying the help message

-d DATASET, --dataset DATASET

specify the dataset to push. Constraints: Value must be a Dataset or a valid identifier of a Dataset (e.g. a path) or value must be NONE


name of the target sibling. If no name is given an attempt is made to identify the target based on the dataset’s configuration (i.e. a configured tracking branch, or a single sibling that is configured for push). Constraints: value must be a string or value must be NONE

--since SINCE

specifies commit-ish (tag, shasum, etc.) from which to look for changes to decide whether pushing is necessary. If ‘^’ is given, the last state of the current branch at the sibling is taken as a starting point. Constraints: value must be a string or value must be NONE

--data {anything|nothing|auto|auto-if-wanted}

what to do with (annex’ed) data. ‘anything’ would cause transfer of all annexed content, ‘nothing’ would avoid call to git annex copy altogether. ‘auto’ would use ‘git annex copy’ with ‘–auto’ thus transferring only data which would satisfy “wanted” or “numcopies” settings for the remote (thus “nothing” otherwise). ‘auto-if-wanted’ would enable ‘–auto’ mode only if there is a “wanted” setting for the remote, and transfer ‘anything’ otherwise. Constraints: value must be one of (‘anything’, ‘nothing’, ‘auto’, ‘auto-if-wanted’) [Default: ‘auto-if-wanted’]

-f {all|gitpush|checkdatapresent}, --force {all|gitpush|checkdatapresent}

force particular operations, possibly overruling safety protections or optimizations: use –force with git-push (‘gitpush’); do not use –fast with git-annex copy (‘checkdatapresent’); combine all force modes (‘all’). Constraints: value must be one of (‘all’, ‘gitpush’, ‘checkdatapresent’)

-r, --recursive

if set, recurse into potential subdatasets.

-R LEVELS, --recursion-limit LEVELS

limit recursion into subdatasets to the given number of levels. Constraints: value must be convertible to type ‘int’ or value must be NONE

-J NJOBS, --jobs NJOBS

how many parallel jobs (where possible) to use. “auto” corresponds to the number defined by ‘datalad.runtime.max-annex-jobs’ configuration item NOTE: This option can only parallelize input retrieval (get) and output recording (save). DataLad does NOT parallelize your scripts for you. Constraints: value must be convertible to type ‘int’ or value must be NONE or value must be one of (‘auto’,)


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