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Git - filename too long error

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In this article we would like to show how to let git working with long paths.

Quick solution:

git config --system core.longpaths true

Below you can find the example, when the problem occured and different ways for to set up loner paths for git using different approaches.

1. Problem

When I execute git pull command I get fllowing error:

$ git pull
error: cannot stat 'very/long/path/here.../filename.png': Filename too long
Aborting
Updating 42f6e00..66294e7

2. Solution

There are two ways how to fix configuration:

  • with git command,
  • with .gitignore file.

2.1. with git command example

When we want to set up paths we can execute in console following command:

  • ¬†for all operating system:
git config --system core.longpaths true
  • or only for current repository:
git config core.longpaths true

2.2. with .gitconfig file example

The solution presented in this section works only with repositories that uses the file.

Solution:

  1. go to .gitconfig file (example path for user in linux ~/.gitconfig),
  2. create [core] section if it does not exist,
  3. add longpaths = true in the section.

.gitconfig file example:

[core]
longpaths = true

Note: .gitcofig file can be located inside project location or in the user home directory.

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