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reduce repo size

Can you please help me with that:

remote: Repository is in read only mode (over 3.7 GB size limit). Learn how to reduce your repository size:
fatal: unable to access '': The requested URL returned error: 403


By mistake I added a very large file. Then I removed it and changed the .gitignore, but at that point I was not able to push the new commit.

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Ana Retamal Atlassian Team Feb 07, 2019

Hi Andrea,

What's the current size of your repo? Please use the following command and let us know the output:

git count-objects -Hv

If it's over 2GB, then you're exceeding the limit and will need to follow the steps in the article that was mentioned to you, Reduce repository size

Let us know how it goes!


Thanks. This worked



I reduced again the size of my repository, but I cannot push the new changes.

Can someone please help me?



Ana Retamal Atlassian Team Apr 08, 2019

Hi @alberti3 , I've run a git gc to your remote repository but the size hasn't changed/ Can you confirm your local repo is now under 2GB? You can check that using the following command in the terminal:

git count-objects -Hv

If it's over 2GB, you need to reduce the size first, to do so you'll need to follow the steps in the article Reduce repository size

Let us know how it goes!


remove the file from your project's current file-tree. remove the file from repository history — rewriting Git history, deleting the file from all commits containing it. remove all reflog history that refers to the old commit history. repack the repository, garbage-collecting the now-unused data using git gc

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HI! I followed the steps in the reference article and used BFG to get my local repo down under the file size limit, but the remote is still locked, in read-only mode. What do I do next to push up my new, trimmer local repo?

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