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CentOS 7.0 - man page for git-cat-file (centos section 1)

GIT-CAT-FILE(1) 				      Git Manual				      GIT-CAT-FILE(1)

NAME
git-cat-file - Provide content or type and size information for repository objects
SYNOPSIS
git cat-file (-t | -s | -e | -p | <type> | --textconv ) <object> git cat-file (--batch | --batch-check) < <list-of-objects>
DESCRIPTION
In its first form, the command provides the content or the type of an object 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, or --textconv is used (which implies type "blob"). In the second form, a list of objects (separated by linefeeds) is provided on stdin, and the SHA-1, type, and size of each object is printed on stdout.
OPTIONS
<object> The name of the object to show. For a more complete list of ways to spell object names, see the "SPECIFYING REVISIONS" section in gitrevisions(7). -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. --textconv Show the content as transformed by a textconv filter. In this case, <object> has be of the form <treeish>:<path>, or :<path> in order to apply the filter to the content recorded in the index at <path>. --batch Print the SHA-1, type, size, and contents of each object provided on stdin. May not be combined with any other options or arguments. --batch-check Print the SHA-1, type, and size of each object provided on stdin. May not be combined with any other options or arguments.
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. If <type> is specified, the raw (though uncompressed) contents of the <object> will be returned. If --batch is specified, output of the following form is printed for each object specified on stdin: <sha1> SP <type> SP <size> LF <contents> LF If --batch-check is specified, output of the following form is printed for each object specified on stdin: <sha1> SP <type> SP <size> LF For both --batch and --batch-check, output of the following form is printed for each object specified on stdin that does not exist in the repository: <object> SP missing LF
GIT
Part of the git(1) suite Git 1.8.3.1 06/10/2014 GIT-CAT-FILE(1)


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