I need some help understanding what would cause git-annex sync to still be running 4hrs+ on a new remote (FAT32 USB drive - BTEST) ? From all my searching, it appears to be part of git's optimization routines. But to be this long and slow seems odd. Also I am not sure what there would be optimize since it's a brand new remote ? The src (WTEST) doesn't seem to show any need to run git gc.

I followed the walkthrough's setup of a remote and followed that up with git-annex sync. I did not specify the source for the sync as there is only one other (WTEST). The content is mostly ISO files and Win32 executables in 7 separate commits. In between git-annex import and git commit, the working directory was removed with git rm '*' but no git-annex drop. There were lots of duplicate files and it truly was satisfying to not see the disk usage increase. My backend is also MD5E for purposes of quicker imports and ease of hash lookup from other sources.

I would like to have 20-30 USB remotes. The length of time to get one remote up and running at this point is horrendous. Other people seem to have better experiences with it. Only odd thing that I see with my configuration is that the remote FAT32 drive is in indirect mode. My understanding is that git-annex would automatically switch to direct if it detected a filesystem that did not support symbolic links.

What is wrong with my setup ? How can I fix it ?

Here's the basic config of WTEST.

WTEST$ git-annex info

repository mode: indirect
trusted repositories: 0
semitrusted repositories: 4
        00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001 -- web
        00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000002 -- bittorrent
        98dfasdf-ab83-4a0e-8b73-4dfasffdsaff1ae -- WTEST [here]
        9dfdsfdf8-c5d5-4761-ab67-ffsadfsadfsa83 -- BTEST
untrusted repositories: 0
transfers in progress: none
available local disk space: 488.16 gigabytes (+1 megabyte reserved)
local annex keys: 57327
local annex size: 58.57 gigabytes
annexed files in working tree: 4322
size of annexed files in working tree: 6.82 gigabytes
bloom filter size: 16 mebibytes (11.5% full)
backend usage:
        MD5E: 61649
WTEST$git object-count -v

count: 521829
size: 66794240
in-pack: 0
packs: 0
size-pack: 0
prune-packable: 0
garbage: 0
size-garbage: 0
WTEST$git config -l


The long running sync.

BTEST$ git-annex sync

commit  ok

pull origin

Auto packing the repository for optimum performance. You may also

run "git gc" manually. See "git help gc" for more information.

Counting objects: 521834, done.

Delta compression using up to 4 threads.

Compressing objects:  12% (59687/462488)

Update 7hrs later:

Writing objects:  70% (366184/521834)