In our quest to find dumb replacements for ?wishlist: 'get' queue and schedule. (and a more complete git-annex-schedule), we have setup a cronjob that would start and stop the assistant during certain time windows, to ensure that it would not download during prime bandwidth time.

But that isn't exactly what we're looking for: we would like the assistant to continue doing its usual thing of adding and removing files, and even syncing the git branches. Just not get/move files around.

One way I thought of doing this was to disable a remote locally. git-annex-dead of course comes to mind, but that applies to all repositories, so it's not an option. If the remote was in git, i could just git remote rm origin and git remote add origin and be done with it, but this is the web remote, so it doesn't even show up in git remote -v.

But this doesn't work with special remotes. Another solution is simply to use the configuration documented in the main git-annex manpage. For example, to disable the web remote, you would use:

git config remote.web.annex-ignore false

The result would be:

joey@darkstar:~/tmp/a>git annex addurl --fast http://localhost
addurl localhost ok
(recording state in git...)
joey@darkstar:~/tmp/a>git config remote.web.annex-ignore true
joey@darkstar:~/tmp/a>git annex get localhost
get localhost (not available) 
  Try making some of these repositories available:
    00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001 -- web

  (Note that these git remotes have annex-ignore set: web)
git-annex: get: 1 failed
joey@darkstar:~/tmp/a>git config remote.web.annex-ignore false
joey@darkstar:~/tmp/a>git annex get localhost
get localhost (from web...) 
/home/joey/tmp/a/.g 100%[=====================>]      10  --.-KB/s   in 0s     

The assistant (probably?) needs to be restarted for those changes to take effect. --anarcat and ?joeyh.