Working this week on a long missing capability of git-annex: The ability to time out, and perhaps retry, a transfer that has gotten stuck.

It's a lot harder than it sounds, because to get it right with no resource leaks, every process and child thread that git-annex runs has to be stopped by a timeout too, which the current code base was not designed for at all. gory details here

So far I have most processes being stopped, and that took 2 solid days. This may take a while to finish. I do think though, that once the basic operation of stopping a transfer is available, there will be other uses besides timeouts.

One I can think of already is, if a remote is being very slow, it might make sense to stop a transfer from it and switch to using a different remote. Another is that there could be a hotkey to skip the current transfer, moving on to the next file.