Please describe the problem.

$> git annex version
git-annex version: 10.20230828+git6-g86c70833a1-1~ndall+1

$> git annex enableremote typhon                                                          
enableremote (normal) typhon 
  Unable to parse git config from typhon

  Remote typhon does not have git-annex installed; setting annex-ignore

  This could be a problem with the git-annex installation on the remote. Please make sure that git-annex-shell is available in PATH when you ssh into the remote. Once you have fixed the git-annex installation, run: git annex enableremote typhon
enableremote: 1 failed

here git-annex hints on git-annex not being installed (totally not true), or inability to parse config (in effect it is true but not for the reason of config being wrong etc).

It is all because that folder on the ssh remote belongs to someone else and if I run shell command manually then I see the hint from git itself:

$> ssh typhon git-annex-shell configlist /mnt/DATA/data/studies/bep302/gin_BEP032-examples --debug
[2023-08-31 11:57:26.338523978] (Utility.Process) process [3594411] read: git ["--git-dir=/mnt/DATA/data/studies/bep302/gin_BEP032-examples/.git","--work-tree=/mnt/DATA/data/studies/bep302/gin_BEP032-examples","--literal-pathspecs","-c","annex.debug=true","show-ref","git-annex"]
[2023-08-31 11:57:26.339808748] (Utility.Process) process [3594411] done ExitSuccess
[2023-08-31 11:57:26.340366568] (Utility.Process) process [3594412] read: git ["config","--local","--list"]
[2023-08-31 11:57:26.342570264] (Utility.Process) process [3594412] done ExitFailure 128
[2023-08-31 11:57:26.342620672] (Git.Config) config output: fatal: --local can only be used inside a git repository

git-annex-shell: Git refuses to operate in this repository,
probably because it is owned by someone else.

To add an exception for this directory, call:
    git config --global --add /mnt/DATA/data/studies/bep302/gin_BEP032-examples

so, ideally git annex enableremote should provide a similar diagnostic output instead of incorrect reasons stated.


fixed --Joey