As of SourceTree 1.6.3, when I switch between branches across which file system file and/or folder renames have been performed (e.g. /src/Car/* has been moved to /src/Vehicle/*) or even a simple set of renames within the same folder (e.g. all /src/Car/ files get renamed from Car<name> to Vehicle<name>) I get a series of:
git -c diff.mnemonicprefix=false -c core.quotepath=false checkout <branchname>
error: cannot stat 'src/Car': Permission denied
errors. In addition the location itself becomes inaccessible via the filesystem. The /src/Car folder is unreadable, showing a "You must have Read permissions to view the properties of thos object. Click Advanced to continue." All subsequent operations in File Explorer result in the same error. No amount of fiddling seems to unlock the folder in question.
A reboot resolves the matter. Switching between branches immediately works as expected.
I banged my head against this for a while and it seems to be permissions based at first so i tried
it was always coming back with access denied and when you looked it wouldn't show you anything about the folder at all - no permissions no owner it was like it was corrupt or something.
Then i saw some of the comments above and closed everything on my machine - sourcetree, visual studio, explorer and reopened and it was then visible.
Something had locked the file down tight and wasn't letting anything in. It seemed to happen off the back of a failed pull for me.
My approach in future will be to shut down all applications possibly involved with the file and or reboot and then try and gain access.
Check (and maybe recursively reset) the Windows file/folder permissions for the root folder of the clone. Preferably, you should have administrator/owner privileges for this folder an all of its descendants.
Also, I have seen a similar problem with old versions of msysgit, so if you are not using the embedded Git in SourceTree (you can check in Tools\Options\Git), update msysgit to the latest version from here.
I have this same problem when changing branches. So far I could only discover that the problem is not related to permissions, but those directories which are inaccessible are locked by the Windows Explorer.
If I search for processes holding the file handles for this dirs (in tools such as Process Hacker), it invariably returns Explorer. After forcing those handles to close I regain access. But then SourceTree detects many ficticious modifications, which I have to reset.
Yes, I'm using version msysGit 1.9.5. Git-cheetah is definitely one suspect, but I have so many shell integrations from different software packages that isolating the culprit won't be easy. I did notice, while tracking the locks, that there seem to be many open handles pointing to directories.
Thanks for the clue - I was continually getting locked up folders when switching branches and it was driving me nuts. When I investigated I had GIT 1.9.5 preview installed, just upgraded to 2.8.2 and rebooted and I can now switch branches without lockup.
As an aside - I think the files and folders are locked by virtue of crashed/locked git processes, killing them off got rid of the permission denied errors.
Hey, I had the same problem but got this workaround to work. I first got the error when I did this
git checkout develop
merge --no-ff my_local_branch
and it continued to show up when trying to
git checkout my_local_branch
not sure if anyone has found a solution but in order to regain access to your files you can push the local branch without checking it out
git push origin my_local_branch:my_local_branch
Check bitbucket or github (whichever you are using) to make sure your branch has been pushed. Afterwards you can clone your repo into a different location (I did this in a new folder on the C drive, outside of the Users directory and it worked). I got the files back by
git fetch && checkout my_local_branch
git fetch && checkout my_local_branch
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