Paragon Paragon - 5 months ago 174
Git Question

Git Checkout warning: unable to unlink files, permission denied

I am aware that there are similar issues about git relating to the 'unable to unlink' warning, but I have not been able to use them.

The main difference is that this happened when I have not been dealing with submodules in any way (I have never dealt with them before). I created a branch called 'upgrade', deleted my old framework files, and copied in the new ones. I used git add -A, then committed everything. When I tried to checkout the trunk branch, it responded with the following errors:

warning: unable to unlink requirements/views/sk/index.php: Permission denied
warning: unable to unlink requirements/views/sv/index.php: Permission denied
warning: unable to unlink requirements/views/zh/index.php: Permission denied
warning: unable to unlink requirements/views/zh_cn/index.php: Permission denied
warning: unable to unlink requirements/views/zh_tw/index.php: Permission denied

...etc. There are hundreds of them.

At first I thought this was simply a permissions problem, and so I added group write permissions to the entire requirements directory recursively, but there was no change.

Edit: As suggested in an answer below, I attempted to do the same thing but with everything else closed. I had no more luck than before.

This issue is particularly debilitating as I cannot move to trunk to get back to normal development.

Thanks a lot,

Daniel Moniz


I usually see that kind of error when there is a process not releasing the handle of those files.

Make sure nothing is running, and then try your checkout again.

Note: it can also be related with the way Git has been installed (on Windows, UAC can generate problem if msysgit is installed in C:\Program or C:\Program Files, see "msysgit - sh.exe - fork: Permission denied - Vista 64 bit" and comment 2 of issue 437)