Just passing along from https://github.com/datalad/datalad/issues/77#issuecomment-134688459

joey: I do think there could be a use case for configuring a special remote with autoenable=true and have git-annex init try to enable all such remotes.

done, I made both git init and git annex reinit auto-enable such special remotes. For now, the assistant does not (could change).

There was also the question of what to do when git-annex auto-inits in a clone of a repository. It wouldn't do for a command like git annex find's output to include any messages that might be shown while auto-enabling special remotes as a result of an auto-init. Since I can't guarantee enabling special remotes will be quiet, I've not tried to auto-enable special remotes in this case.

I think I'd have to exec a git-annex init process with stdout sent to stderr to implement this in a safe way, and due to calls to ensureInitialized in Remote.Git, which can auto-init a local remote, that gets particularly tricky. Best, I feel, to wait and see if anyone needs that. --Joey