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1 git-cat-file(1)
2 ===============
3 v0.1, May 2005
4
5 NAME
6 ----
7 git-cat-file - Provide content or type information for repository objects
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9
10 SYNOPSIS
11 --------
12 'git-cat-file' (-t | <type>) <object>
13
14 DESCRIPTION
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16 Provides content or type of objects in the repository. The type
17 is required if '-t' is not being used to find the object type.
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>.
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28 <type>::
29 Typically this matches the real type of <object> but asking
30 for a type that can trivially dereferenced from the given
31 <object> is also permitted. An example is to ask for a
32 "tree" with <object> being a commit object that contains it,
33 or to ask for a "blob" with <object> being a tag object that
34 points at it.
35
36 OUTPUT
37 ------
38 If '-t' is specified, one of the <type>.
39
40 Otherwise the raw (though uncompressed) contents of the <object> will
41 be returned.
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43
44 Author
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46 Written by Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
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48 Documentation
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50 Documentation by David Greaves, Junio C Hamano and the git-list <git@vger.kernel.org>.
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52 GIT
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54 Part of the link:git.html[git] suite
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