git annex add silently ignores non-existent files

Joey Hess joey at
Sat Dec 24 15:44:50 CET 2011

Adam Spiers wrote:
>     git annex add this_file_does_not_exist
> does not result in a warning.  This leads to confusing (lack of)
> behaviour in certain cases, e.g.
>     generate_a_list_of_files_some_of_which_contain_spaces | xargs git annex add
> would silently fail to add the files containing spaces (because you'd
> need the -d or -0 switch to xargs to cope with this case).

This can indeed be confusing; it's a result of git-annex using
git-ls-files --others.

joey at gnu:~/src/other/git>git ls-files --others zlib.o fofofofoofof

Since using git-ls-files is so convenient in most ways, all I can
think to do about this is document it.

see shy jo
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