datalad create-sibling-gin


datalad create-sibling-gin [-h] [--dataset DATASET] [-r] [-R LEVELS] [-s NAME] [--existing
    {skip|error|reconfigure|replace}] [--api URL] [--credential
    NAME] [--access-protocol {https|ssh|https-ssh}]
    [--publish-depends SIBLINGNAME] [--private] [--description
    DESCRIPTION] [--dry-run] [--version]


Create a dataset sibling on a GIN site (with content hosting)

GIN (G-Node infrastructure) is a free data management system. It is a GitHub-like, web-based repository store and provides fine-grained access control to shared data. GIN is built on Git and git-annex, and can natively host DataLad datasets, including their data content!

This command uses the main GIN instance at as the default target, but other deployments can be used via the ‘api’ parameter.

An SSH key, properly registered at the GIN instance, is required for data upload via DataLad. Data download from public projects is also possible via anonymous HTTP.

In order to be able to use this command, a personal access token has to be generated on the platform (Account->Your Settings->Applications->Generate New Token).

This command can be configured with “datalad.create-sibling-ghlike.extra-remote-settings.NETLOC.KEY=VALUE” in order to add any local KEY = VALUE configuration to the created sibling in the local .git/config file. NETLOC is the domain of the Gin instance to apply the configuration for. This leads to a behavior that is equivalent to calling datalad’s siblings('configure', ...)``||``siblings configure command with the respective KEY-VALUE pair after creating the sibling. The configuration, like any other, could be set at user- or system level, so users do not need to add this configuration to every sibling created with the service at NETLOC themselves.

New in version 0.16


Create a repo ‘myrepo’ on GIN and register it as sibling ‘mygin’:

% datalad create-sibling-gin myrepo -s mygin

Create private repos with name(-prefix) ‘myrepo’ on GIN for a dataset and all its present subdatasets:

% datalad create-sibling-gin myrepo -r --private

Create a sibling repo on GIN, and register it as a common data source in the dataset that is available regardless of whether the dataset was directly cloned from GIN:

% datalad create-sibling-gin myrepo -s gin
# first push creates git-annex branch remotely and obtains annex UUID
% datalad push --to gin
% datalad siblings configure -s gin --as-common-datasrc gin-storage
# announce availability (redo for other siblings)
% datalad push --to gin



repository name, optionally including an ‘<organization>/’ prefix if the repository shall not reside under a user’s namespace. When operating recursively, a suffix will be appended to this name for each subdataset. 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

--dataset DATASET, -d DATASET

dataset to create the publication target for. If not 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) or value must be NONE

-r, --recursive

if set, recurse into potential subdatasets.

-R LEVELS, --recursion-limit LEVELS

limit recursion into subdatasets to the given number of levels. Constraints: value must be convertible to type ‘int’ or value must be NONE

-s NAME, --name NAME

name of the sibling in the local dataset installation (remote name). Constraints: value must be a string or value must be NONE [Default: ‘gin’]

--existing {skip|error|reconfigure|replace}

behavior when already existing or configured siblings are discovered: skip the dataset (‘skip’), update the configuration (‘reconfigure’), or fail (‘error’). DEPRECATED DANGER ZONE: With ‘replace’, an existing repository will be irreversibly removed, re-initialized, and the sibling (re-)configured (thus implies ‘reconfigure’). REPLACE could lead to data loss! In interactive sessions a confirmation prompt is shown, an exception is raised in non-interactive sessions. The ‘replace’ mode will be removed in a future release. Constraints: value must be one of (‘skip’, ‘error’, ‘reconfigure’, ‘replace’) [Default: ‘error’]

--api URL

URL of the GIN instance without an ‘api/<version>’ suffix. Constraints: value must be a string or value must be NONE [Default: ‘’]

--credential NAME

name of the credential providing a personal access token to be used for authorization. The token can be supplied via configuration setting ‘datalad.credential.<name>.token’, or environment variable DATALAD_CREDENTIAL_<NAME>_TOKEN, or will be queried from the active credential store using the provided name. If none is provided, the host-part of the API URL is used as a name (e.g. ‘’ -> ‘’). Constraints: value must be a string or value must be NONE

--access-protocol {https|ssh|https-ssh}

access protocol/URL to configure for the sibling. With ‘https-ssh’ SSH will be used for write access, whereas HTTPS is used for read access. Constraints: value must be one of (‘https’, ‘ssh’, ‘https-ssh’) [Default: ‘https-ssh’]

--publish-depends SIBLINGNAME

add a dependency such that the given existing sibling is always published prior to the new sibling. This equals setting a configuration item ‘remote.SIBLINGNAME.datalad-publish-depends’. This option can be given more than once to configure multiple dependencies. Constraints: value must be a string or value must be NONE


if set, create a private repository.

--description DESCRIPTION

Brief description, displayed on the project’s page. Constraints: value must be a string or value must be NONE


if set, no repository will be created, only tests for sibling name collisions will be performed, and would-be repository names are reported for all relevant datasets.


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