You have a git repository where you work in, and you would like to
work on a clone of it and push the data back to it ? You may encounter
issues if your git repository isn’t a bare one. I have been facing
this problem by using gitit, which works with a non-bare git
What is a bare git repository ?
Here is how to create a bare repository and what it looks like.
$ git init --bare repo
$ ls -a repo/
. HEAD config hooks objects
.. branches description info refs
You can’t work in this, but this is the kind of repository that should
be used to store/push/clone etc..
What is a non-bare git repository ?
Here is how to create a non-bare repository and what it looks like.
$ git init repo2
$ ls -a repo2
. .. .git
You may use this one for local use, but you may want to clone it
later, and work with this repository and doing push/pull. That’s how
gitit works, it has a folder “wikidata” that should be initiated as
git, and it will works locally. But if you want to clone it on your
computer, work on the documentation and then push your changes to
gitit, you may get this error when pushing :
Problem when pushing
I cloned the repository, made changes, committed and now I want to
push, but no…
Décompte des objets: 3, fait.
Écriture des objets: 100% (3/3), 232 bytes | 0 bytes/s, fait.
Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
remote: error: refusing to update checked out branch: refs/heads/master
remote: error: By default, updating the current branch in a non-bare repository
remote: error: is denied, because it will make the index and work tree inconsistent
remote: error: with what you pushed, and will require 'git reset --hard' to match
remote: error: the work tree to HEAD.
remote: error: You can set 'receive.denyCurrentBranch' configuration variable to
remote: error: 'ignore' or 'warn' in the remote repository to allow pushing into
remote: error: its current branch; however, this is not recommended unless you
remote: error: arranged to update its work tree to match what you pushed in some
remote: error: other way.
remote: error: To squelch this message and still keep the default behaviour, set
remote: error: 'receive.denyCurrentBranch' configuration variable to 'refuse'.
! [remote rejected] master -> master (branch is currently checked out)
git is unhappy, I can’t push
You can fix this “problem” by changing a config in the server
repository with this command :
$ git config --local receive.denyCurrentBranch updateInstead
Now you should be able to push to your non-bare repository.
Source: Stack Overflowk link where I found the solution