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1 git-cat-file(1)
2 ===============
3
4 NAME
5 ----
6 git-cat-file - Provide content or type information for repository objects
7
8
9 SYNOPSIS
10 --------
11 'git-cat-file' (-t | -s | <type>) <object>
12
13 DESCRIPTION
14 -----------
15 Provides content or type of objects in the repository. The type
16 is required unless '-t' is used to find the object type,
17 or '-s' is used to find the object size.
18
19 OPTIONS
20 -------
21 <object>::
22 The sha1 identifier of the object.
23
24 -t::
25 Instead of the content, show the object type identified by
26 <object>.
27
28 -s::
29 Instead of the content, show the object size identified by
30 <object>.
31
32 <type>::
33 Typically this matches the real type of <object> but asking
34 for a type that can trivially be dereferenced from the given
35 <object> is also permitted. An example is to ask for a
36 "tree" with <object> being a commit object that contains it,
37 or to ask for a "blob" with <object> being a tag object that
38 points at it.
39
40 OUTPUT
41 ------
42 If '-t' is specified, one of the <type>. If '-s' is specified,
43 the size of the <object> in bytes.
44
45 Otherwise the raw (though uncompressed) contents of the <object> will
46 be returned.
47
48
49 Author
50 ------
51 Written by Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
52
53 Documentation
54 --------------
55 Documentation by David Greaves, Junio C Hamano and the git-list <git@vger.kernel.org>.
56
57 GIT
58 ---
59 Part of the gitlink:git[7] suite
60