Ref: all heated discussions around https://github.com/datalad/datalad/issues/2844

The main point is -- git annex init --version=6, while running on a crippled system might need some time to accomplish the mission of unlocking a big number of files, which leads to Checking out progress update spit out by git. BUT if someone (us) swallows stderr, git does not produce any progress output unless that command (checkout, pull, fetch, etc...) provides explicit --progress flag. According to IRC there is no config setting to trigger that behavior in git. Could may be git annex get a config setting alike force-git-progress which would add --progress to any relevant git call whenever git is ran without stderr being swallowed by annex?

Thanks in advance for considering