Matt Parkins Matt Parkins - 12 days ago 6
Git Question

Git "unable to determine absolute path of git directory"

I'm a git newbie and am having problems trying to get the latest version of a remote project:

S:\dev\prj\myprj [master]> git pull
/usr/libexec/git-core/git-sh-setup: line 266: cd: .git: No such file or directory
Unable to determine absolute path of git directory


It was working fine until today and strangely I don't think I've changed anything since it last worked fine.

This is on Windows 7. My project is on an encrypted drive (S:) and git is on C:

S:\dev\prj\myprj [master]> git --exec-path
C:\Users\matt\AppData\Local\GitHub\PortableGit_656cc1ef6d04f06ddf8b2f5bedbac921caed3b62/libexec/git-core


Manually doing a cd to the exec directory above works fine (even though there are mixed slash types).

Any ideas how to even start working out what has gone wrong?

Answer

Found the solution/workaround! Hurrah!

I was (and still am) using GitHub for Windows, and occasionally it asks me to go to Windows Powershell to fix the repository because sometimes it can't do it automatically, and occasionally it would fail with the above error message.

The reason it was failing for me was not just that my project was on an encrypted drive but, more importantly, that sometimes I would start GitHub for Windows before mounting the encrypted drive (which I manually mount). Even if I then close GitHub for Windows, then mount the encrypted drive, and then relaunch GitHub for Windows it would still come back with the above error, so perhaps not everything GitHubby is being shut down when I close GitHub for Windows.

The workaround for me is to:

  1. Reboot
  2. Mount Drive containing project
  3. Launch GitHub for Windows

...in that order.

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