Git push error '[remote rejected] master -> master (branch is currently checked out)'

844    Asked by satya_5369 in Data Science , Asked on Jul 15, 2021

Yesterday, I posted a question on how to clone a Git repository from one of my machines to another, How can I 'git clone' from another machine?.

I am now able to successfully clone a Git repository from my source ( to my destination (

But when I did an edit to a file, a git commit -a -m "test" and a git push, I get this error on my destination (

git push                                                
hap@'s password: 
Counting objects: 21, done.
Compressing objects: 100% (11/11), done.
Writing objects: 100% (11/11), 1010 bytes, done.
Total 11 (delta 9), reused 0 (delta 0)
error: refusing to update checked out branch: refs/heads/master
error: By default, updating the current branch in a non-bare repository
error: is denied, because it will make the index and work tree inconsistent
error: with what you pushed, and will require 'git reset --hard' to match
error: the work tree to HEAD.
error: You can set 'receive.denyCurrentBranch' configuration variable to
error: 'ignore' or 'warn' in the remote repository to allow pushing into
error: its current branch; however, this is not recommended unless you
error: arranged to update its work tree to match what you pushed in some
error: other way.
error: To squelch this message and still keep the default behaviour, set
error: 'receive.denyCurrentBranch' configuration variable to 'refuse'.
To git+ssh://hap@
! [remote rejected] master -> master (branch is currently checked out)
error: failed to push some refs to 'git+ssh://hap@'

I'm using two different versions of Git (1.7 on the remote and 1.5 on the local machine). Is that a possible reason?

Answered by William Miller

You can convert your remote rejected master master branch and it is currently checked out (there is no working copy in the bare repository - the folder contains only the actual repository data).

In your remote repository folder run the following command:

$ git config --bool core.bare true

Now you can delete all the files except .git in that folder. After that, you will be able to perform git push to the remote repository without any errors.

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