Git error: cannot lock ref ..unable to create..

Jun 02, 2023 · 1 min read · Post a comment

Since Stack Exchange decided to follow the same path as Reddit in terms of restricting access to the content, I’ll try to share with you as many error “hacky” solutions as possible. Here’s one though regarding Git while trying to pull any changes from remote origin: error: cannot lock ref 'refs/remotes/origin/main': Unable to create '/Users/<something>/repos/<some_repo>/.git/refs/remotes/origin/main.lock': File exists.


  • Git


Couple things you could try:

  1. Just remove the file described in the error message itself.
  2. git remote prune origin
  3. git gc


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