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git fetch failed with exit code 1

by | Feb 10, 2021

Are you in the middle of git fetch failed with exit code 1? We can help you to fix it.

Fetch command usually returns exit code 1 due to syntax errors, errors in the configuration file, and so on.

As a part of our Server Management Services, we assist our customers with Fetch queries.

Today, let’s see how our Support Engineers fix the git fetch error for our customers.


Let’s have a brief look at what is Git!

Git is a commonly used distributed version control system. Programmers use it to track changes in the source code during software development.

One of its major advantages is tracking the changes in any set of files. In addition, to download objects and refs from another repository we make use of Git Fetch.


Causes of git fetch failed exit code 1 error

Before getting into the details of how we fix the error, our Support Techs discuss the major causes of the error.

  • Syntax Errors

A mistake in the syntax of different types is one of the main reasons that lead to the error.

Even minute mistakes or even a change in tags can cause syntactic errors.

  • Configuration file Errors

Similarly, any changes made in the configuration file can lead to this error.

The changes may be in the Ignorecase tag in the configuration file or anything else.


How we fix git fetch failed with exit code 1?

Recently, one of our customers approached us with this error message.

Our Support Engineers had a detailed check on the error. We found that the error was due to the change in how git fetch handled tags introduced in git version 2.20.

Previously, git used --force implicitly for fetching the tags. But now it’s not, so git fetch --tags can fail if the upstream tags changed without manually specifying --force.

Therefore, to fix the error, we added an explicit --force to the list of options in GitCommandManager. Also, the GitFetch should match the old behavior to prevent this particular error from popping again.

Similarly, correctly checking the syntax of the fetch command has always been good practice for our Support Engineers to troubleshoot exit code 1 error.

AddingIgnoreCase=True adding to the source code is yet another fix for this error.

[Still have trouble fixing the error – We can help you. ]



In short, we can fix the git fetch failed with exit code 1 error by adding an explicit --force, checking for syntax error, and verifying the configuration file for its properness in case sensitivity. Also, we saw how our Support Engineers find a fix for this Git fetch error.


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