EDIT: Is there a way to apply annex.addunlocked permanently to a single file? It would be great if it could be added to the annex.largefiles options. This way a repository could have locked large files, unlocked large files, and regular files added directly to git.

Leaving my confusion below for reference (Sorry should have read the unlocked files page more before I posted).

I'm having trouble getting unlocked files in version 7 repositories to work and I think I'm pretty confused (what I mean is that it's not git annex's fault).

I have my Calibre library in a git-annex repo. I want metadata.db, Calibre's sqlite database to stay unlocked but I don't get the expected results. Also I put metadata.db annex.largefiles=nothing in my .gitattributes file, could this be causing an issue?

Version information:

OS X 10.14

$ git annex version
git-annex version: 7.20190322
local repository version: 7

Edit metadata for book in Calibre and then (using git add here to just make sure):

$ git add metadata.db
$ git commit -m "metadata changes"
[master 5602968d1] metadata changes
  1 file changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
$ git annex find metadata.db
$ echo $?

Are git annex pointer files hardlinks? I tried:

$ ls -i metadata.db
1497387 metadata.db
$ find . -inum 1497387

I was expecting a second file there?

Anyway, thanks for any help with this.