SourceTree for Mac's repo browser fails to refresh local status

On the Mac, SourceTree's Repository Browser window generally fails to refresh its *local* git status. Opening a repo window will show that (for example) 7 unstaged files in a project, but the Repository Browser window will show no files modified. Then some minutes later (tens of minutes?) something will cause the Repository Browser to update itself.

It's frustrating, because the product I work is built from 8 separate git-managed projects, and I can no longer simply look at the Repository Browser window to find out which projects have modifications that need to be committed.

This Repository Browser window's local status used stay tightly in sync with the actual repo status, but it stopped working sometime in the last couple of months. Maybe with the SourceTree 2.6 release?

With some experimentation I have figured out that I can get a project's local status to refresh if I (a) quit and restart SourceTree; or (b) drag and drop the project into or out of a Repository Group folder; or (c) change the SourceTree theme from light to dark or vice versa.

If there is some technical reason why Atlassian doesn't want the Repository Browser window to periodically poll all git repos for their local status, then it would be much better to at least have a manual refresh function. Swapping the theme between light/and dark to force a refresh is non-optimal.

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I'll second this. The lack of refreshing the Repository Browser is extremely frustrating and hurting productivity. I find myself opening projects just to find that I have committed and pushed all changes already.

This one bug is enough to make me want to go back to an earlier version or find an alternative product.

 

Please fix ASAP!

Having the same issue for a while now. Definitely frustrating... :/

This has been driving me crazy. I wish they would fix this!!

Yeah, what's the deal with this bug? Driving me nuts as well. I have to open every single repository to make sure things were committed already.

I can't even get my repository browser to update at all. Changes aren't tracked and the branch shown isn't even correct either. Super frustrating. To the point I'm looking at other git GUIs now.

That's awful! I'm so far having issues only with the repository browser {knock on wood}.

If I close the app and reopen, it gets updated. But that's just annoying.

Sorry about your other issues!

Same problem here, repository browser does not update on Mac unless restarting Sourcetree, it's frustrating, please fix it.

I also have this problem. FWIW, I've found that the easiest way to get the repo browser to refresh is to use the little gear icon at top right to toggle the "Compact View" setting.

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