If you encountered this error when trying to clone the Redis repository from GitHub recently, there is a solution. The error looks like this:
$ git clone https://github.com/antirez/redis Cloning into 'redis'... remote: Counting objects: 42713, done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (33/33), done. remote: Total 42713 (delta 15), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 42680 Receiving objects: 100% (42713/42713), 19.29 MiB | 6.81 MiB/s, done. error: object 1f9ef1b6556b375d56767fd78bf06c7d90e9abea: \ zeroPaddedFilemode: contains zero-padded file modes fatal: Error in object fatal: index-pack failed $
The problem is that your ~/.gitconfig file probably has this setting:
[transfer] fsckObjects = true
…and/or perhaps these settings:
[fetch] fsckobjects = true [receive] fsckObjects = true
Solution: set the value(s) to false while you clone Redis, then set them back to true afterwards.
Pro non-tip: you might think that running
$ git config --global fsck.zeroPaddedFilemode ignore
so as to get
[fsck] zeroPaddedFilemode = ignore
in your .gitconfig would solve this problem in a nice targeted way, but it won’t, so don’t bother. See here for some discussion about that.
(This post is part of my SOLVED as a Service series, in which I post solutions to technical problems with open source software that I use. The point is the next time I encounter the same problem and do an Internet search, my own post will come up; this has now actually happened several times. If these posts help others, that’s a bonus.)