Please describe the problem.

subject + what was described in https://git-annex.branchable.com/forum/some_symlinks_left_in_direct_mode/ some time ago I guess

What steps will reproduce the problem?

clone git annex repo, switch immediately to direct mode and observe files being left as dangling symlinks, get some content -- they get into normal files, drop them -- broken symlinks again. I thought (and I believe that it was like that) that in direct mode -- no symlinks to .git/annex regardless of the state (present/absent).

full example /transcript is below

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

Debian sid 5.20150710-2

Please provide any additional information below.

# 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

$> git clone git://github.com/datalad/testrepo--basic--r1
Cloning into 'testrepo--basic--r1'...
remote: Counting objects: 23, done.
remote: Total 23 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 23
Receiving objects: 100% (23/23), done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (3/3), done.
Checking connectivity... done.
2 22606.....................................:Tue 28 Jul 2015 04:11:23 PM EDT:.
hopa:/tmp
$> cd testrepo--basic--r1
INFO.txt  test-annex.dat@  test.dat
2 22607.....................................:Tue 28 Jul 2015 04:11:30 PM EDT:.
(git)hopa:/tmp/testrepo--basic--r1[master]
$> ls -l
total 12
-rw------- 1 yoh yoh  53 Jul 28 16:11 INFO.txt
lrwxrwxrwx 1 yoh yoh 186 Jul 28 16:11 test-annex.dat -> .git/annex/objects/zk/71/SHA256E-s4--181210f8f9c779c26da1d9b2075bde0127302ee0e3fca38c9a83f5b1dd8e5d3b.dat/SHA256E-s4--181210f8f9c779c26da1d9b2075bde0127302ee0e3fca38c9a83f5b1dd8e5d3b.dat
-rw------- 1 yoh yoh   4 Jul 28 16:11 test.dat
2 22608.....................................:Tue 28 Jul 2015 04:11:31 PM EDT:.
(git)hopa:/tmp/testrepo--basic--r1[master]
$> git annex direct
(merging origin/git-annex into git-annex...)
(recording state in git...)
commit  
(recording state in git...)
On branch master
Your branch is up-to-date with 'origin/master'.
nothing to commit, working directory clean
ok
direct  ok
2 22609.....................................:Tue 28 Jul 2015 04:11:36 PM EDT:.
(git)hopa:/tmp/testrepo--basic--r1[master]
$> ls -l 
total 12
-rw------- 1 yoh yoh  53 Jul 28 16:11 INFO.txt
lrwxrwxrwx 1 yoh yoh 186 Jul 28 16:11 test-annex.dat -> .git/annex/objects/zk/71/SHA256E-s4--181210f8f9c779c26da1d9b2075bde0127302ee0e3fca38c9a83f5b1dd8e5d3b.dat/SHA256E-s4--181210f8f9c779c26da1d9b2075bde0127302ee0e3fca38c9a83f5b1dd8e5d3b.dat
-rw------- 1 yoh yoh   4 Jul 28 16:11 test.dat
2 22610.....................................:Tue 28 Jul 2015 04:11:38 PM EDT:.
(git)hopa:/tmp/testrepo--basic--r1[master]
$> git annex get test-annex.dat
get test-annex.dat (from web...) 
/tmp/testrepo--basic--r1/.git/annex/tmp/SHA256E-s4--1 100%[===========================================================================================================================>]       4  --.-KB/s   in 0s     
ok
(recording state in git...)
2 22611.....................................:Tue 28 Jul 2015 04:11:45 PM EDT:.
(git)hopa:/tmp/testrepo--basic--r1[master]
$> ls -lta
total 12
drwxrwxrwt 126 root root 4020 Jul 28 16:11 ../
drwx------   3 yoh  yoh   120 Jul 28 16:11 ./
-rw-------   1 yoh  yoh     4 Jul 28 16:11 test-annex.dat
drwx------   9 yoh  yoh   300 Jul 28 16:11 .git/
-rw-------   1 yoh  yoh    53 Jul 28 16:11 INFO.txt
-rw-------   1 yoh  yoh     4 Jul 28 16:11 test.dat
2 22612.....................................:Tue 28 Jul 2015 04:11:49 PM EDT:.
(git)hopa:/tmp/testrepo--basic--r1[master]
$> git annex drop test-annex.dat
drop test-annex.dat (checking https://raw.githubusercontent.com/datalad/testrepo--basic--r1/master/test.dat...) ok
(recording state in git...)
2 22613.....................................:Tue 28 Jul 2015 04:11:57 PM EDT:.
(git)hopa:/tmp/testrepo--basic--r1[master]
$> ls -l 
total 12
-rw------- 1 yoh yoh  53 Jul 28 16:11 INFO.txt
lrwxrwxrwx 1 yoh yoh 186 Jul 28 16:11 test-annex.dat -> .git/annex/objects/zk/71/SHA256E-s4--181210f8f9c779c26da1d9b2075bde0127302ee0e3fca38c9a83f5b1dd8e5d3b.dat/SHA256E-s4--181210f8f9c779c26da1d9b2075bde0127302ee0e3fca38c9a83f5b1dd8e5d3b.dat
-rw------- 1 yoh yoh   4 Jul 28 16:11 test.dat


# End of transcript or log.

Closing as I think we're in agreement this is the right behavior. But, see http://git-annex.branchable.com/todo/hide_missing_files/. done --Joey