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From: Josh Mandel <>
Cc: Grahame Grieve <>
Subject: Misleading error message with invalid filename on Windows
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2019 17:31:19 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Running git 2.21.0 on Windows with certain invalid file names like
"c:\root.txt" (see as a
test case), I get an expected "invalid path" error when I clone the

But if I actually have a file at this path (i.e., outside of the git
working tree, at root of my file system) then I instead receive a
different error message:

$ touch /c/root.txt
$ git clone

> error: Untracked working tree file 'c:\root.txt' would be overwritten by merge.

This error message is misleading, in that (if I understand correctly)
there's actually no danger of my local file (which is *not* in the
working tree at all) being overwritten.


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