I created a branch called ‘6796’, then I pushed it to remote, checked it out on another machine, made other edits, pushed it, then merged it with the master, and deleted it – locally and remotely (
git push :6796) – on the other machine. Now, when I run
fatal: Couldn't find remote ref refs/heads/6796 [email protected]:~/path/to/repo$ fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly
git pull origin master works normally. It seems to me that there is some 6796 reference hang up… how to resolve this?
There are probably some commands to resolve it, but I would start by looking in your
.git/config file for references to that branch, and removing them.
You also have to delete the local branch:
git branch -d 6796
Another way is to prune all stale branches from your local repository. This will delete all local branches that already have been removed from the remote:
git remote prune origin --dry-run
I had a similar issue when I tried to get a pull with a single quote ‘ in it’s name.
I had to escape the pull request name:
git pull https://github.com/foo/bar namewithsingle"'"quote
This error could be thrown in the following situation as well.
You want to checkout branch called
feature from remote repository but the error is thrown because you already have branch called
feature/<feature_name> in your local repository.
Simply checkout the
feature branch under a different name:
git checkout -b <new_branch_name> <remote>/feature
I just ran into a similar issue when I tried to commit to a newly created repo with a “.” in it’s name. I’ve seen several others have different issues with putting a “.” in the repo name.
I just re-created the repo and
replaced "." with "-"
There may be other ways to resolve this, but this was a quick fix for me since it was a new repo.
To pull a remote branch locally, I do the following:
git checkout -b branchname
// creates a local branch with the same name and checks out on it
git pull origin branchname// pulls the remote one onto your local one
The only time I did this and it didn’t work, I deleted the repo, cloned it again and repeated the above 2 steps; it worked.
I have same error. Problem was that branch was deleted, released. But in PhpStorm I still could see it in remote branches. I could checkout as local branch. And then doing git pull was giving this error.
So need to check if this brnach really exists remotely.
I had the same issue. But in my case it was due to my branch’s name. The branch’s name automatically set in my GitHub repo as main instead of master.
git pull origin master (did not work).
I confirmed in GitHub if the name of the branch was actually master and found the the actual name was main. so the commands below worked for me.
git pull origin main
In my case, it happenned for the master branch. Later found that my access to the project was accidentally revoked by the project manager. To cross-check, I visited the review site and couldn’t see any commits of the said branch and others for that project.
In my case, it was the “Lightweight checkout” checkbox that was checked by default, while, as it happens, I needed it unchecked. Can you spot it?
I didn’t investigate why did it cause such an abrupt error, but since it blocked my Jenkins jobs for a couple of hours, I felt it’s worth sharing on top of the other answers here.