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* Misleading error message with invalid filename on Windows
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@ 2019-03-14 22:31 ` Josh Mandel
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From: Josh Mandel @ 2019-03-14 22:31 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Running git 2.21.0 on Windows with certain invalid file names like
"c:\root.txt" (see https://github.com/jmandel/local-path-test as a
test case), I get an expected "invalid path" error when I clone the
repository.

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 https://github.com/jmandel/local-path-test.git

> 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.

Best,
Josh

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