similar to do not bug me about intermediate files - i feel that massive git annex get operations should have better progress information than the current individual rsync --progress bits. i wonder if this couldn't be accomplished with rsync --info=PROGRESS2, which gives overall rsync progress, combined with copying multiple files at once with rsync (which would have the side-effect of speeding up git annex get for large number of small files).

once this is done, it could be sent back to the webapp UI to give the user a global sense of the overall sync progress (as opposed to per-file progress). --anarcat