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Initialise repository for Git Flow failed in sourceTree

I got below error when I tried to initialize repository for Git Flow. I did switch Git by using embedded Git and System Git but still got the same error. Please advise.

sh.exe C:\Users\userName\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree\gitflow_local\gitflow\git-flow init -d
0 [main] sh 11680 fork: child -1 - CreateProcessW failed for 'C:\Users\userName\AppData\Local\Programs\Git\usr\bin\sh.exe', errno 13
C:\Users\userName\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree\gitflow_local\gitflow\git-flow: fork: Permission denied
C:\Users\userName\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree\gitflow_local\gitflow\git-flow: line 73: /gitflow-common: No such file or directory
Completed with errors, see above.

Thank you,

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Mike_Corsaro Atlassian Team Jun 06, 2017

Hello! I suspect that something is causing an issue with your PATH (either a weird git install, or a conflicting app). To confirm, open a git terminal for the repo (you can do this via SourceTree by clicking the 'Terminal' button after opening the repo) and try typing:

git-flow init -d

Can you let me know if you get an error doing that too? Thanks!


I did try "Terminal" and got the similar error as above.

$ git-flow init -d
0 [main] sh 6640 fork: child -1 - CreateProcessW failed for 'C:\Users\userName\AppData\Local\Atlassian\SourceTree\git_local\usr\bin\sh.exe', errno 13
/usr/bin/git-flow: fork: Permission denied
/usr/bin/git-flow: line 115: /gitflow-shFlags: No such file or directory

Mike_Corsaro Atlassian Team Jun 07, 2017

Unfortunately, this will be a difficult problem to solve. It appears that something else on your PC may have messed with your PATH variable, or your git install may have not been performed correctly. You can try some of the methods in this thread:!topic/git-for-windows/AHeS_8PXz2w, or try and uninstall and reinstall git.

The issue had been fixed. It was caused by Dell Data Protection settings. It's working now after unblocked below files.


Thank you,

My company is evaluating Bitbucket server and SourceTree. However, I got above error when I tried to using Git flow from SourceTree. I am very appreciated if somebody can help.

Thank you,

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