Please describe the problem.

Created a temp repository with a submodule under 3rd/visloc referring to another annex via ssh

# I have removed some output/wrong cmd calls, hopefully without side-effects

$> cat 3rd/visloc/.git
gitdir: ../../.git/modules/3rd/visloc

$> git commit -m 'RF: ...' -a                                
[master (root-commit) fc37b4f] RF: ...
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+)
 create mode 100644 .gitmodules
 create mode 160000 3rd/visloc

$> ls -l 3rd/visloc/.git                                                                            
-rw------- 1 yoh yoh 38 Feb  8 10:26 3rd/visloc/.git

$> cat 3rd/visloc/.git
gitdir: ../../.git/modules/3rd/visloc

$> cd 3rd/visloc/sub-01/rois 

$> git annex get *
fatal: Not a git repository: '../../.git'
git-annex: First run: git-annex init

$> cd -

$> ls -l 3rd/visloc/.git    
lrwxrwxrwx 1 yoh yoh 41 Feb  8 10:43 3rd/visloc/.git -> ../../../../../../.git/modules/3rd/visloc

$> git annex version
git-annex version: 6.20160126+gitg65f4442-1~ndall+1
build flags: Assistant Webapp Pairing Testsuite S3(multipartupload) WebDAV Inotify DBus DesktopNotify XMPP ConcurrentOutput DNS TDFA TorrentParser Feeds Quvi
key/value backends: SHA256E SHA256 SHA512E SHA512 SHA224E SHA224 SHA384E SHA384 SHA3_256E SHA3_256 SHA3_512E SHA3_512 SHA3_224E SHA3_224 SHA3_384E SHA3_384 SKEIN256E SKEIN256 SKEIN512E SKEIN512 SHA1E SHA1 MD5E MD5 WORM URL
remote types: git gcrypt S3 bup directory rsync web bittorrent webdav tahoe glacier ddar hook external
local repository version: 5
supported repository versions: 5 6
upgrade supported from repository versions: 0 1 2 4 5