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Re: Crash when clone includes magic filenames on Windows

From: "Jeffrey Walton" <noloader@xxxxxxxxx>
Hi Everyone,

I'm seeing this issue on Windows: https://pastebin.com/YfB25E4T . It
seems the filename AUX is the culprit. Also see
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20031022-00/?p=42073 .
(Thanks to Milleneumbug on Stack Overflow).

I did not name the file, someone else did. I doubt the filename will be changed.

Searching is not turning up much information:

Does anyone know how to sidestep the issue on Windows?


This comes up on the Git-for-Windows (GfW) issues fairly often https://github.com/git-for-windows/git/issues.

The fetch part of the clone is sucessful, but the final checkout step fails when the AUX (or any other prohibited filename - that's proper cabkward compatibility for you) is to be checked out then the file system (FS) refuses and the checkout 'fails. You do however have the full repo locally.

The trick is probably then to set up a sparse checkout so the AUX is never included on the FS.

However it is an open 'up-for-grabs' project to add such a check in GfW.