Please describe the problem.

I have a README file in my repository, which is an ordinary text file added with git add (not git annex add). This seems fine with all the Linux machines, including ones running the assistant. However, when I start the assistant on Android, it converts it to an annexed file. I don't have any other direct mode repositories to check if it's a direct mode problem or an Android problem.

My setup is basically a star tolopogy with a Debian GNU/Linux (jessie) box in the middle. All the clients are Debian as well, mostly testing, except for an Android tablet.

What steps will reproduce the problem?

On a Linux box:

git add README
git commit -m 'README'
git annex sync --content

then on Android, start git-annex and let the assistant sync.

You'll get a commit like this:

$ git show 4f1c76374c75a11702c14ea6a5dbe82c99c6dd08
commit 4f1c76374c75a11702c14ea6a5dbe82c99c6dd08
Author: android <git-annex@android>
Date:   Wed Dec 9 15:49:01 2015 -0500

    git-annex in Smoot /sdcard/Westerley-Board

diff --git a/Contracts/Archive/README b/Contracts/Archive/README
deleted file mode 100644
index 8fe1349..0000000
--- a/Contracts/Archive/README
+++ /dev/null
@@ -1,3 +0,0 @@
-These are old, no longer active contracts. The year is the year of
-archival (typically when the contract ended, or the last year covered by
-the contract).
diff --git a/Contracts/Archive/README b/Contracts/Archive/README
new file mode 120000
index 0000000..38ba43f
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Contracts/Archive/README
@@ -0,0 +1 @@
\ No newline at end of file

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

Android is fairly recent, unfortunately the battery is currently dead making it hard to check :-( Must be at least 5.20151019, but probably 20151116.

Please provide any additional information below.

If needed, I'll grab the assistant log from the tablet once the battery is charged.

Have you had any luck using git-annex before? (Sometimes we get tired of reading bug reports all day and a lil' positive end note does wonders)

Yes! I've been using git-annex quite a bit over the past year, for everything from my music collection to my personal files. Using it for a not-for-profit too. Even trying to get some Mac and Windows users to use it for our HOA's files. I'm looking forward to smudge mode to make direct mode work better.