Git – Fatal error unpacking a tree object during a git svn fetch


When running get svn fetch to pull the latest new branches from the upstream svn repository I got this error:

$ git svn fetch
fatal: failed to unpack tree object 5ecb324e8b8fcb918acb253f33edc6ce49e49e0d
read-tree 5ecb324e8b8fcb918acb253f33edc6ce49e49e0d: command returned error: 128

Now every attempt at git svn on that local repo results in the same error. Originally I was running git version and after the error I tried updating to and the problem still persists.

Is there any way to clean up this corruption? A fresh git svn clone of the upstream repository is fine, but I'd like to preserve my existing setup. I've looked through the docs and googled for the problem with no luck.

Best Solution

I had the same problem. It is due to a particular SVN revision that git-svn can't read or deal with somehow. Here is what i tried in order:

  1. Rewind to a revision known to work: git svn reset -r 42
  2. Retry the fetch: git svn fetch — Fetches each revision starting from 42 until the guilty one (say 50), then shows the same error message.
  3. Fetch the parent: git svn fetch --parent — Don't ask me why. That fetches more revisions. No idea whether it's relevant though.
  4. Retry the fetch: git svn fetch — Still doesn't work.
  5. Fetch each of the next revisions:
    1. git svn fetch -r 50 — Works.
    2. git svn fetch -r 51 — While no error message, go on.
    3. git svn fetch -r xx — The error message shows up, it's the bad revision. Don't care.
    4. git svn fetch -r xx+1 — Works.
  6. Retry the fetch: git svn fetch — Works! Starts to fetch more revisions.

The process ought to be cleaned up (probably near the first steps), but it worked for me, without having to start again with a fresh clone.