Sometimes a name has been used for a special remote, and you want to change the name. A common reason is that the special remote has become dead, and you want to reuse the name for a new special remote.
Initremote prevents reusing a name when the old one exists, even if the old one is dead. And that makes sense in general, because a dead remote can come back sometimes, and that would leave the repo with two special remotes with the same name, and so enableremote would need to be run with a uuid instead of a name to specify which one to enable, which is not a desirable state of affairs.
git annex renameremote oldname newname. This could also do a
remote rename, or equivilant. (
git remote rename gets confused by special
remotes not having a fetch url and fails; this can be worked around by
manually renaming the stanza in git config.)
Implementing that would need a way to remove the old name from remote.log. We can't remove lines from union merged files, but what we could do is add a new line like:
- name=oldname timestamp=<latest>
And in parsing remote.log, if the UUID is "-", don't include the remote with that name in the the resulting map.