Please describe the problem.

I would like to make multiple copies of precious data and I would like these copies to run simultaneously to minimise the elapsed time taken. Ideally, I would like to specify multiple --to options to git annex copy. I have tried running multiple processes simultaneously but these start to fail with lock contention on .git/config.

What steps will reproduce the problem?

Running four simultaneous git annex copy --to= commands.

What version of git-annex are you using? On what operating system?

OS is debian jessie, using git-annex-standalone from NeuroDebian.

git-annex version: 6.20160923+gitgd1dabb3-1~ndall+1
build flags: Assistant Webapp Pairing Testsuite S3(multipartupload)(storageclasses) WebDAV Inotify DBus DesktopNotif
y XMPP ConcurrentOutput TorrentParser MagicMime Feeds Quvi                                                         
key/value backends: SHA256E SHA256 SHA512E SHA512 SHA224E SHA224 SHA384E SHA384 SHA3_256E SHA3_256 SHA3_512E SHA3_51
2 SHA3_224E SHA3_224 SHA3_384E SHA3_384 SKEIN256E SKEIN256 SKEIN512E SKEIN512 SHA1E SHA1 MD5E MD5 WORM URL         
remote types: git gcrypt S3 bup directory rsync web bittorrent webdav tahoe glacier ddar hook external
local repository version: 6
supported repository versions: 5 6
upgrade supported from repository versions: 0 1 2 3 4 5
operating system: linux x86_64

Please provide any additional information below.

What I have is a python script and its output which I can't imagine is that helpful, but if you want it I'll upload it.

# If you can, paste a complete transcript of the problem occurring here.
# If the problem is with the git-annex assistant, paste in .git/annex/daemon.log

# End of transcript or log.

Have you had any luck using git-annex before? (Sometimes we get tired of reading bug reports all day and a lil' positive end note does wonders)

Usng it regularly and like it - many thanks. This is a wishlist item, not a bug, as far as I'm concerned.