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Can I delete/tidy up old FETCH_HEAD files?

Peter Hitchmough April 17, 2018

My local repository is in a One Drive local folder. it looks like there was a glitch and I have ended up with twp versions of file .git/FETCH_HEAD-<pc-name>-94. In fact there are several files, ending in -93, -92, ... -4, -3, -2.

As I understand it these FETCH_HEAD files are short-lived files representing the fetch status from my remote repository (I only have origin).

  • Can I delete all these old .git/FETCH_HEAD files?
  • Is there a git or Sourcetree command to reconcile my local and remote repos?

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andrewstalker May 28, 2021

Yes you can delete FETCH_HEAD files. They are only temporary. 

In their absence, GIT will have to recreate the file and reassert the fetch status of the files in the repo. 

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April 17, 2018


Personally when git goes bad, if possible I tend to cut my loses and backup that copy and re-clone.

Other than that you could try git fsck to see if that offers any solutions

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