Git pull error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by merge:

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Git pull error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by merge:

I am trying to pull changes from remote branch but getting an error which doesn’t make sense
when I do
git pull

I get back
error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by merge:
file/name/path
some/more/filenamepath
Please, commit your changes or stash them before you can merge.
Aborting

Problem is I have no changes that need to be committed
When I do
git status
# On branch master
# Your branch and ‘origin/master’ have diverged,
# and have 2 and 7 different commits each, respectively.
#
nothing to commit (working directory clean)

there are no working changes

I’ve tried git reset –hard HEAD but that didn’t help
any ideas?
Files are on the NFS file system, maybe that has something to do with.
This is on OSX
Thanks

UPDATE:
This issue has to do something with NFS, because when I went to the original source and did git pull from there everything worked fine, which fixed it for this instance, but still not sure exactly why it causes issues with NFS.

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

I had this same issue, and the fetch/rebase answer didn’t work for me. Here’s how I solved it:

I deleted the file that was causing the issue, checked it out, and then pulled successfully.

  1. rm file/name/path/some/more/filenamepath
  2. git checkout file/name/path/some/more/filenamepath
  3. git pull

Solution 2:

  1. Delete the problematic files.
  2. Run git reset --hard.

That should fix it.

Solution 3:

You should:

  • fetch (updating all remote tracking branches, like origin/master)
  • rebase your current branch on top of origin/master in order to replay your 2 commits on top of the 7 updated commits that you just fetched.

That would be:

git checkout master
git fetch
git rebase origin/master

A shorter version of the above set of commands would be the following single command:

git pull --rebase

Solution 4:

Had the same issue. Solved it by re-cloning the repo. But now I think that the reason was the line endings in these files. I played with them before.

I suppose that line-ending difference doesn’t mark files as changed, but may lead to this message. When you rm the files and recheckout them, line endings should set to “good state”, and pull goes fine.

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