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git issue using atlassian/bamboo-agent-base docker image

Dennis Cheung February 13, 2019

My goal is to run some git command inside a build using Bamboo YAML spec and atlassian/bamboo-agent-base docker image.

This is the Dockerfile extended from atlassian/bamboo-agent-base (copied from

FROM atlassian/bamboo-agent-base
USER root
RUN apt-get update && \
apt-get install maven -y && \
apt-get install git -y

The image is built as 


Here is my bamboo yaml spec:

key: COM
key: CSP
name: project CI
dockerImage: atlassian-bamboo-extended:latest
- jobs:
- scripts:
- '#!/bin/bash'
- echo starting push code task
- ls -la
- pwd
- git status
- git diff
- echo finished push code task
interpreter: shell



When the job runs, "ls -la" does list the source code. Here is the output of the rest of the command:

13-Feb-2019 23:22:29 error: object directory /var/bamboo/xml-data/build-dir/_git-repositories-cache/99b53e1f0d967effa88f7452e5067096c9acf7e1/.git/objects does not exist; check .git/objects/info/alternates.
13-Feb-2019 23:22:29 fatal: bad object HEAD

When the build is run without using the docker image, it works fine:

13-Feb-2019 23:25:07 On branch feature/SE-1234
13-Feb-2019 23:25:07 Your branch is up-to-date with 'origin/feature/SE-1234.
13-Feb-2019 23:25:07
13-Feb-2019 23:25:07 nothing to commit, working directory clean

Is there any reason why git does not work in the docker image?


3 answers

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jwoffindin October 30, 2019

It appears that when bamboo clones the source repository it leverages "git alternate objects" (presumably to be space efficient).

As a result, the cloned repository contains references to objects that exist outside of $PWD - it your case it's:


if you attempt to perform git operations from within the container you end up with an error log full of:

 error: refs/XXXX does not point to a valid object!

because that directory won't exist inside of the container unless you've explicitly mounted it.

The workaround is thus to either mount the cache directory into your container 🤮 (read only!) or add a shell task that "dissociates" your clone so there are no references to external objects. I used:

git repack -a -d

and that seems to have resolved the problem.

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Ronnie Hicks April 1, 2020

I was able to get around this by turning off repository caching in the build configuration. Not ideal, true, but it seems to fix the issues and not require additional git commands.

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February 14, 2019

Hi Dennis,

I am not an expert on Docker or git, but I will see if I can help.

How does the source code get into the container?

I didn't see any COPY command in your Dockerfile.

Also it looks like the .git folder is missing from the container

Also just wondering why you want to do a status and a diff inside a container, what is the higher level task you are trying to achieve?  There may be an alternative way to do what you're trying to do.

Dennis Cheung February 15, 2019

I want to increment pom version and auto-commit to stash. Before I can do that, even git status does not work. The .git folder is there.

The source code is automatically put inside the docker container when I have dockerImage: in the bamboo yaml spec.

When I cat the config file in .git, the remote origin is set to some cache file outside of the container instead of the original url. 

After I run these commands, it works:

git remote set-url https://<stash url>

git pull

Just wonder how using 


in the bamboo yaml spec would change the git head.

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Atlassian Team
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February 15, 2019

It's not that the git head is "changed", it's that most of the setup in Docker container is already done in atlassian/bamboo-agent-base.

Dennis Cheung February 15, 2019

I was using "FROM atlassian/bamboo-agent-base" and it does not have git pre-install in it.

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