user3404044 user3404044 - 2 months ago 17x
Git Question

Git push results in fatal: protocol error: bad line length character: This

I am trying to get GitLab working on my server (running CentOS 6.5). I followed the gitlab-receipe to the line, but I just can't get it working. I am able to access the web interface, create new projects but pushing to the master branch returns the following error :

fatal: protocol error: bad line length character: This

I have done checks on the production environment, here are the results :

Checking Environment ...

Git configured for git user? ... yes

Checking Environment ... Finished

Checking GitLab Shell ...

GitLab Shell version >= 1.7.9 ? ... OK (1.8.0)
Repo base directory exists? ... yes
Repo base directory is a symlink? ... no
Repo base owned by git:git? ... yes
Repo base access is drwxrws---? ... yes
update hook up-to-date? ... yes
update hooks in repos are links: ...
ASC / Wiki ... repository is empty
Running /home/git/gitlab-shell/bin/check
Check GitLab API access: OK
Check directories and files:
/home/git/repositories: OK
/home/git/.ssh/authorized_keys: OK
Test redis-cli executable: redis-cli 2.4.10
Send ping to redis server: PONG
gitlab-shell self-check successful

Checking GitLab Shell ... Finished

Checking Sidekiq ...

Running? ... yes
Number of Sidekiq processes ... 1

Checking Sidekiq ... Finished

Checking LDAP ...

LDAP is disabled in config/gitlab.yml

Checking LDAP ... Finished

Checking GitLab ...

Database config exists? ... yes
Database is SQLite ... no
All migrations up? ... yes
GitLab config exists? ... yes
GitLab config outdated? ... no
Log directory writable? ... yes
Tmp directory writable? ... yes
Init script exists? ... yes
Init script up-to-date? ... no
Try fixing it:
Redownload the init script
For more information see:
doc/install/ in section "Install Init Script"
Please fix the error above and rerun the checks.
projects have namespace: ...
ASC / Wiki ... yes
Projects have satellites? ...
ASC / Wiki ... can't create, repository is empty
Redis version >= 2.0.0? ... yes
Your git bin path is "/usr/bin/git"
Git version >= 1.7.10 ? ... yes (1.8.3)

Checking GitLab ... Finished

For the init script error, the receipt says

Do not mind about that error if you are sure that you have downloaded
the up-to-date

so as I have downloaded the latest one, I can't really do much about it.

I've been banging my head for the past week, and can not figure out why this error is occurring, any help would appreciated!!


If anyone else has this problem, the solution is to change the login shell of the user 'git' (or whatever your user is called) to /bin/bash. This can be done via the command : usermod -s /bin/bash git (Link). The reason for changing the login shell is because the default shell for the git user is /sbin/nologin (or similar, depending on environment), which prevents the git application from logging in as the git user on the git server.