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Why Can't I Use 'git push origin/develop'?

Every time I try to push to the repository, I end up having to create a new ssh key and it has become a real pain in the you know what. However, I have discovered this time around that I may be using what to Bit Bucket is an incorrect command. I was in my ‘develop’ branch, working tree clean but with 4 commits to be pushed to the repo. I ensured the ssh-agent was activated, added the previous ssh key and entered the command:

 git push origin/develop

 And I got an error. This has happened every time I have tried to push to the repo and I go through all sorts of gyrations, including creating new keys, until at some point it finally works. I am attaching a printout of my session. This time after going through all the gyrations, just on a whim I typed:

 git push

 And it worked!

 I hadn’t worked with Bit Bucket until this year. I am used to working with Git Hub and I always used the syntax, ‘git push origin/develop’ or ‘git push origin/master’ and it has never been a problem until I started using Bit Bucket. Is it my stupidity that I didn’t know I should be using ‘git push’ without the ‘origin/develop’ or is this a bug I keep running into? You can look at the attached session and see that I essentially did everything right, other than that.

BELOW IS THE PRINT OUT OF MY SESSION:

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git status
On branch develop
Your branch is ahead of 'origin/develop' by 4 commits.
(use "git push" to publish your local commits)

nothing to commit, working tree clean

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ eval $('ssh-agent')
Agent pid 658

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa_cs
Enter passphrase for /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_cs:
Identity added: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_cs (CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL)

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git push origin/develop
fatal: 'origin/develop' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa
Enter passphrase for /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa:
Identity added: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa (CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL)

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git push origin/develop
fatal: 'origin/develop' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh -T git@bitbucket.org
authenticated via ssh key.

You can use git to connect to Bitbucket. Shell access is disabled

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git push origin/develop
fatal: 'origin/develop' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git push origin develop
Unauthorized
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh-add -l
3072 SHA256:iGK27Uh70UQonXMWwlPyCa0A5Rwz3WdK+TCiym4ypGo CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL (RSA)
3072 SHA256:916Ch30WKDrIXIDvwk+Ooiti7GbndfTKvLGyTq+rcyQ CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL (RSA)

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh-add -d ~/.ssh/id_rsa_cs
Identity removed: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_cs RSA (CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL)

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git push origin/develop
fatal: 'origin/develop' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh-add -d ~/.ssh/id_rsa
Identity removed: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa RSA (CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL)

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa_org
Enter passphrase for /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_org:
Identity added: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_org (CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL)

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git push origin/develop
fatal: 'origin/develop' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh-add -d ~/.ssh/id_rsa_org
Identity removed: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_org RSA (CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL)

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh-keygen
Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa): /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_dev
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
Enter same passphrase again:
Your identification has been saved in /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_dev
Your public key has been saved in /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_dev.pub
The key fingerprint is:
SHA256:eELJ6bXbbD2+MrJxhQln6MOb+iiEvxlEfvr7Ixm+kY0 CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL
The key's randomart image is:
+---[RSA 3072]----+
| |
| . o . |
| . = + o |
| o o = = o |
| .o = S o . |
| ...o.* B o |
| oo.Eo* = o |
| o+++o+o. . |
| oo**++ oo. |
+----[SHA256]-----+

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa_dev
Enter passphrase for /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_dev:
Identity added: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa_dev (CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL)

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh -T git@bitbucket.org
authenticated via ssh key.

You can use git to connect to Bitbucket. Shell access is disabled

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git push origin/develop
fatal: 'origin/develop' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ ssh -v git@bitbucket.org
OpenSSH_8.5p1, OpenSSL 1.1.1k 25 Mar 2021
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: Connecting to bitbucket.org [104.192.141.1] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa type 0
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_dsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ecdsa type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ecdsa-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ecdsa_sk type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ecdsa_sk-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ed25519 type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ed25519-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ed25519_sk type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ed25519_sk-cert type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_xmss type -1
debug1: identity file /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_xmss-cert type -1
debug1: Local version string SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_8.5
debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version conker_f5d238a74c 528818a67cd1
debug1: compat_banner: no match: conker_f5d238a74c 528818a67cd1
debug1: Authenticating to bitbucket.org:22 as 'git'
debug1: load_hostkeys: fopen /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/known_hosts2: No such file or directory
debug1: load_hostkeys: fopen /etc/ssh/ssh_known_hosts: No such file or directory
debug1: load_hostkeys: fopen /etc/ssh/ssh_known_hosts2: No such file or directory
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received
debug1: kex: algorithm: curve25519-sha256@libssh.org
debug1: kex: host key algorithm: rsa-sha2-512
debug1: kex: server->client cipher: chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com MAC: <implicit> compression: none
debug1: kex: client->server cipher: chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com MAC: <implicit> compression: none
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_ECDH_REPLY received
debug1: Server host key: ssh-rsa SHA256:zzXQOXSRBEiUtuE8AikJYKwbHaxvSc0ojez9YXaGp1A
debug1: load_hostkeys: fopen /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/known_hosts2: No such file or directory
debug1: load_hostkeys: fopen /etc/ssh/ssh_known_hosts: No such file or directory
debug1: load_hostkeys: fopen /etc/ssh/ssh_known_hosts2: No such file or directory
debug1: Host 'bitbucket.org' is known and matches the RSA host key.
debug1: Found key in /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/known_hosts:2
debug1: rekey out after 134217728 blocks
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received
debug1: rekey in after 134217728 blocks
debug1: Will attempt key: CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL RSA SHA256:eELJ6bXbbD2+MrJxhQln6MOb+iiEvxlEfvr7Ixm+kY0 agent
debug1: Will attempt key: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_rsa RSA SHA256:916Ch30WKDrIXIDvwk+Ooiti7GbndfTKvLGyTq+rcyQ
debug1: Will attempt key: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_dsa
debug1: Will attempt key: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ecdsa
debug1: Will attempt key: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ecdsa_sk
debug1: Will attempt key: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ed25519
debug1: Will attempt key: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_ed25519_sk
debug1: Will attempt key: /c/Users/dnewey/.ssh/id_xmss
debug1: SSH2_MSG_EXT_INFO received
debug1: kex_input_ext_info: server-sig-algs=<rsa-sha2-256,ssh-dss,ecdsa-sha2-nistp384,ecdsa-sha2-nistp521-cert-v01@openssh.com,ssh-rsa,rsa-sha2-512,ecdsa-sha2-nistp256,ecdsa-sha2-nistp521,ssh-rsa-cert-v01@openssh.com,ssh-dss-cert-v01@openssh.com,ecdsa-sha2-nistp256-cert-v01@openssh.com,ecdsa-sha2-nistp384-cert-v01@openssh.com>
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey
debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Offering public key: CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL RSA SHA256:eELJ6bXbbD2+MrJxhQln6MOb+iiEvxlEfvr7Ixm+kY0 agent
debug1: Server accepts key: CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL RSA SHA256:eELJ6bXbbD2+MrJxhQln6MOb+iiEvxlEfvr7Ixm+kY0 agent
debug1: Authentication succeeded (publickey).
Authenticated to bitbucket.org ([104.192.141.1]:22).
debug1: channel 0: new [client-session]
debug1: Entering interactive session.
debug1: pledge: filesystem full
PTY allocation request failed on channel 0
debug1: client_input_channel_req: channel 0 rtype exit-status reply 0
authenticated via ssh key.

You can use git to connect to Bitbucket. Shell access is disabled
debug1: channel 0: free: client-session, nchannels 1
Connection to bitbucket.org closed.
Transferred: sent 3524, received 2296 bytes, in 0.1 seconds
Bytes per second: sent 33871.3, received 22068.2
debug1: Exit status 0

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git push origin/develop
fatal: 'origin/develop' does not appear to be a git repository
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git remote -v
origin git@bitbucket.org:calixtoemilio/netlytics.git (fetch)
origin git@bitbucket.org:calixtoemilio/netlytics.git (push)

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git remote -r
error: unknown switch `r'
usage: git remote [-v | --verbose]
or: git remote add [-t <branch>] [-m <master>] [-f] [--tags | --no-tags] [--mirror=<fetch|push>] <name> <url>
or: git remote rename <old> <new>
or: git remote remove <name>
or: git remote set-head <name> (-a | --auto | -d | --delete | <branch>)
or: git remote [-v | --verbose] show [-n] <name>
or: git remote prune [-n | --dry-run] <name>
or: git remote [-v | --verbose] update [-p | --prune] [(<group> | <remote>)...]
or: git remote set-branches [--add] <name> <branch>...
or: git remote get-url [--push] [--all] <name>
or: git remote set-url [--push] <name> <newurl> [<oldurl>]
or: git remote set-url --add <name> <newurl>
or: git remote set-url --delete <name> <url>

-v, --verbose be verbose; must be placed before a subcommand


CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git branch -r
origin/HEAD -> origin/master
origin/develop
origin/lytyx_net
origin/master
origin/proofOfConcept

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git status
On branch develop
Your branch is ahead of 'origin/develop' by 4 commits.
(use "git push" to publish your local commits)

nothing to commit, working tree clean

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git push
Enumerating objects: 166, done.
Counting objects: 100% (166/166), done.
Delta compression using up to 8 threads
Compressing objects: 100% (108/108), done.
Writing objects: 100% (110/110), 30.12 KiB | 1.16 MiB/s, done.
Total 110 (delta 67), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 0
remote: Resolving deltas: 100% (67/67), completed with 38 local objects.
remote:
remote: Create pull request for develop:
remote: https://bitbucket.org/calixtoemilio/netlytics/pull-requests/new?source=develop&t=1
remote:
To bitbucket.org:calixtoemilio/netlytics.git
bc8333f..6b7d858 develop -> develop

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$ git status
On branch develop
Your branch is up to date with 'origin/develop'.

nothing to commit, working tree clean

CORP+dnewey@DESKTOP-8PUBBUL MINGW64 /c/xampp/htdocs/connectlytix (develop)
$

 

1 answer

Hey @David Newey

You can use - "git push origin develop"

Take a note - In a Bitbucket, you separate the "repo" and "branch" names using a space instead of a slash (/).

And the thing the "git push" command worked is because, by default, it considers the branch that you are working on, i.e. the branch that you checkout.

Let's say you have a few commits to be pushed from the "master" branch, but your current branch is a "develop". In that case, simply using a "git push" will not work. You'll have to use "git push origin master".

Hope it helps,

Thanks!

Akshay, thank you for your response. What you say aligns with what I understand to be true, but if you look in the session that I included I did try 'git push origin develop' at one point and that didn't work. So that leaves me still with a question as to whether I am going to go through a whole rigamarole again next time I do a push.

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