datalad unlock


datalad unlock [-h] [-d DATASET] [-r] [-R LEVELS] [--version] [path [path ...]]


Unlock file(s) of a dataset

Unlock files of a dataset in order to be able to edit the actual content


Unlock a single file:

% datalad unlock <path/to/file>

Unlock all contents in the dataset:

% datalad unlock .



file(s) to unlock. Constraints: value must be a string

-h, --help, --help-np

show this help message. –help-np forcefully disables the use of a pager for displaying the help message

-d DATASET, --dataset DATASET

“specify the dataset to unlock files in. If no dataset is given, an attempt is made to identify the dataset based on the current working directory. Constraints: Value must be a Dataset or a valid identifier of a Dataset (e.g. a path)

-r, --recursive

if set, recurse into potential subdataset.

-R LEVELS, --recursion-limit LEVELS

limit recursion into subdataset to the given number of levels. Constraints: value must be convertible to type ‘int’


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