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GIT\-CAT\-FILE

Section: Git Manual (1)
Updated: 09/30/2007
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NAME

git-cat-file - Provide content or type/size information for repository objects  

SYNOPSIS

git-cat-file [-t | -s | -e | -p | <type>] <object>  

DESCRIPTION

Provides content or type of objects in the repository. The type is required unless -t or -p is used to find the object type, or -s is used to find the object size.  

OPTIONS

<object>

The name of the object to show. For a more complete list of ways to spell object names, see "SPECIFYING REVISIONS" section in git-rev-parse(1).

-t

Instead of the content, show the object type identified by <object>.

-s

Instead of the content, show the object size identified by <object>.

-e

Suppress all output; instead exit with zero status if <object> exists and is a valid object.

-p

Pretty-print the contents of <object> based on its type.

<type>

Typically this matches the real type of <object> but asking for a type that can trivially be dereferenced from the given <object> is also permitted. An example is to ask for a "tree" with <object> being a commit object that contains it, or to ask for a "blob" with <object> being a tag object that points at it.
 

OUTPUT

If -t is specified, one of the <type>.

If -s is specified, the size of the <object> in bytes.

If -e is specified, no output.

If -p is specified, the contents of <object> are pretty-printed.

Otherwise the raw (though uncompressed) contents of the <object> will be returned.  

AUTHOR

Written by Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>  

DOCUMENTATION

Documentation by David Greaves, Junio C Hamano and the git-list <git@vger.kernel.org>.  

GIT

Part of the git(7) suite


 

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