Resolve 'fatal: detected dubious ownership in repository at' in Git

Sep 16, 2023 · 1 min read · Post a comment

The error message fatal: detected dubious ownership in repository at.. happens when Git detects that the current user is not owner of the Git repo directory.


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As for the solutions, try the following:

  • Make sure the current user running is owner of the .git directory e.g. chown -R <user> <directory>.
  • Run sudo -u user git <the_rest_of_the_command>.
  • Run git config --system --add '<directory>'. If that doesn’t work try with --global instead of --system.
  • Update locals .gitconfig usually found under $HOME directory. For example:
      directory = <directory_path>


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