Please describe the problem.

I'm using git-annex v6 in windows and seems git annex get fails. Deleting the pointer files and doing a hard reset seems to fix the problem. Another bug report named "v6 repo can not restore files with executable permission" seems to point to the same problem but a little different.

[[!retitle "git annex get fails sometimes in v6 repository on Windows"]]

What steps will reproduce the problem?

I have a repo in D:\annex with a file test Now I create another repo:

$ cd H:\annex

$ git init
Initialized empty Git repository in H:/annex/.git/

$ git annex init "portable drive"
init portable drive
  Detected a filesystem without fifo support.

  Disabling ssh connection caching.

  Detected a crippled filesystem.

  Enabling direct mode.
(recording state in git...)

$ git annex upgrade
upgrade . (v5 to v6...)
  Upgraded repository out of direct mode.

  Changes have been staged for all annexed files in this repository; you should run `git commit` to commit these changes.

  Any other clones of this repository that use direct mode need to be upgraded now, too.

$ git remote add laptop D:/annex

$ git annex sync
commit  ok
pull laptop
warning: no common commits
remote: Counting objects: 21, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (15/15), done.
remote: Total 21 (delta 3), reused 0 (delta 0)
Unpacking objects: 100% (21/21), done.
From D:/annex
 * [new branch]      git-annex  -> laptop/git-annex
 * [new branch]      master     -> laptop/master
 * [new branch]      synced/git-annex -> laptop/synced/git-annex
 * [new branch]      synced/master -> laptop/synced/master

Already up-to-date.
(merging laptop/git-annex laptop/synced/git-annex into git-annex...)
(recording state in git...)
push laptop
Counting objects: 8, done.
Delta compression using up to 8 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (6/6), done.
Writing objects: 100% (8/8), 928 bytes | 0 bytes/s, done.
Total 8 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
To D:/annex
   c1aee82..980dc01  git-annex -> synced/git-annex

$ git annex get .
get test (from laptop...)
     14,488,367 100%   63.24MB/s    0:00:00 (xfr#1, to-chk=0/1)
git-annex: DeleteFile ".\\test": permission denied (The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.)
git-annex: get: 1 failed

It seems to try to delete the pointer file, but finds the file in use. Maybe fsck is using it?

$ cat test

$ git annex lock
lock test git-annex: content not present; cannot lock

And git annex unlock will do nothing.

If you can't reproduce the problem, I'll run the tests for you.

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

Latest compile from source, Windows 8.1