Please describe the problem.

Concurrent operations fail due to .git/index.lock being held.

What steps will reproduce the problem?

git annex fromkey , under high concurrency . Maybe more retries could be added, before failing?

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

(master_env_py27_v28) [11:57 AM /data/ilya-work]$ git annex version git-annex version: 7.20181031-g43f0718 build flags: Assistant Webapp Pairing S3(multipartupload)(storageclasses) WebDAV Inotify TorrentParser MagicMime Feeds Testsuite dependency versions: aws-0.17.1 bloomfilter- cryptonite-0.23 DAV-1.3.1 feed- ghc-8.0.2 http-client- persistent-s\ qlite-2.6.2 torrent-10000.1.1 uuid-1.3.13 yesod-1.4.5 key/value backends: SHA256E SHA256 SHA512E SHA512 SHA224E SHA224 SHA384E SHA384 SHA3_256E SHA3_256 SHA3_512E SHA3_512 SHA3_224E SHA3_2\ 24 SHA3_384E SHA3_384 SKEIN256E SKEIN256 SKEIN512E SKEIN512 BLAKE2B256E BLAKE2B256 BLAKE2B512E BLAKE2B512 BLAKE2B160E BLAKE2B160 BLAKE\ 2B224E BLAKE2B224 BLAKE2B384E BLAKE2B384 BLAKE2S256E BLAKE2S256 BLAKE2S160E BLAKE2S160 BLAKE2S224E BLAKE2S224 BLAKE2SP256E BLAKE2SP256\ BLAKE2SP224E BLAKE2SP224 SHA1E SHA1 MD5E MD5 WORM URL remote types: git gcrypt p2p S3 bup directory rsync web bittorrent webdav adb tahoe glacier ddar hook external operating system: linux x86_64 supported repository versions: 5 7 upgrade supported from repository versions: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 local repository version: 5 (master_env_py27_v28) [12:00 PM /data/ilya-work]$ uname -a Linux ip-172-31-80-119 4.14.77-70.82.amzn1.x86_64 #1 SMP Mon Dec 3 20:01:27 UTC 2018 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

(master_env_py27_v28) [12:00 PM /data/ilya-work]$

Please provide any additional information below.

# If you can, paste a complete transcript of the problem occurring here.
# If the problem is with the git-annex assistant, paste in .git/annex/daemon.log

2018-12-06 01:22:20,410 - workflow_utils:183:_run - INFO - running command: git annex fromkey --force MD5E-s19330--3541df84bcd805aa205\
f9ffdca6cc21a.fasta pipelines/dxfailed/analysis-FKPG5480Z3yz3yG21G7F47z1/files/originalInput/stage-4.reference_genome_fasta/0/ref-ebov\
-makona_C15.fasta cwd=/data/ilya-work
fatal: Unable to create '/data/ilya-work/.git/index.lock': File exists.

Another git process seems to be running in this repository, e.g.
an editor opened by 'git commit'. Please make sure all processes
are terminated then try again. If it still fails, a git process
may have crashed in this repository earlier:
remove the file manually to continue.
git-annex: user error (xargs ["-0","git","--git-dir=.git","--work-tree=.","--literal-pathspecs","add","--"] exited 123)

# End of transcript or log.

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)

It's become an indispensable tool. E.g. I just used it to moved data from more-expensive to less-expensive storage, without needing to worry about getting it back when needed; this frees up not just disk space but mental space :)