Please describe the problem.

git annex info (and may be other commands) would "initiate" git-annex branch (and may be smth else?) even if a given repository has nothing to do with annex (well -- tested in git-annex code repo itself, which is not annexed). Even if I specify file pointing to somewhere else. For that actually annex also would initiate git-annex branch even though underlying git call would fail due to outside repo.

I expect e.g. 'annex info' to fail and return some non-0 code since ran within non-annexed repo (no remote git-annex branch, nothing).

What steps will reproduce the problem?

run git annex info in non-annexed repo

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

5.20150819+gitgc587698-1~ndall+1

Please provide any additional information below.

% git branch   
  bf-standalone-correct-changelog
  bf-standalone-for-style
  debian-jessie
  debian-standalone
  enh-me-mailmap
  fixups
* master
  neurodebian-custom
  tuneups

% pwd
/home/yoh/proj/git-annex

% git annex version
git-annex version: 5.20150819+gitgc587698-1~ndall+1
build flags: Assistant Webapp Webapp-secure Pairing Testsuite S3 WebDAV Inotify DBus DesktopNotify XMPP DNS Feeds Quvi TDFA Database
key/value backends: SHA256E SHA256 SHA512E SHA512 SHA224E SHA224 SHA384E SHA384 SHA3_256E SHA3_256 SHA3_512E SHA3_512 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: unknown
supported repository version: 5
upgrade supported from repository versions: 0 1 2 4

% git branch | grep git-annex

% git annex info
repository mode: indirect
trusted repositories: 0
semitrusted repositories: 2
    00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001 -- web
    00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000002 -- bittorrent
untrusted repositories: 0
transfers in progress: none
available local disk space: 225.96 gigabytes (+1 megabyte reserved)
local annex keys: 0
local annex size: 0 bytes
annexed files in working tree: 0
size of annexed files in working tree: 0 bytes
bloom filter size: 32 mebibytes (0% full)
backend usage: 

% git branch | grep git-annex
  git-annex

% git branch -D git-annex
Deleted branch git-annex (was e9424d2).

% git annex info /home/yoh/.tmp/datalad_temp_clone_url_EbPVvm/
fatal: /home/yoh/.tmp/datalad_temp_clone_url_EbPVvm/: '/home/yoh/.tmp/datalad_temp_clone_url_EbPVvm/' is outside repository
directory: /home/yoh/.tmp/datalad_temp_clone_url_EbPVvm/
local annex keys: 0
local annex size: 0 bytes
annexed files in working tree: 0
size of annexed files in working tree: 0 bytes
numcopies stats: 
repositories containing these files: 0

% git branch | grep git-annex
  git-annex

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)

yes -- with every day it grows on/in me! ;)

Oddly, I noticed this earlier today, and fixed it. Only git annex info was affected; for some reason it was marked to let it run outside a git-annex repo. done --Joey