“git unable to read current working directory no error” – posh git (windows 10)

I receive this error: Unable to read current working directory: No error when I execute any git command in any directory.

To use git on powershell I installed github for windows (the GUI version) editing the powershell profile file as described here: https://git-scm.com/book/it/v2/Git-in-Other-Environments-Git-in-Powershell

. (Resolve-Path "$env:LOCALAPPDATA\GitHub\shell.ps1")
. $env:github_posh_git\profile.example.ps1

This happened when yesterday I updated github desktop (I’ve it now at version:

What can I do?


Obviously I wasn’t working in a non-existing directory. I tried to delete and re create directories but it doesn’t work. Git doesn’t work everywhere, also if I create a dir and execute git init in it, it won’t work.

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    I have this same issue with Windows 7, and discovered a really easy solution to it. Instead of typing:

    cd ~/My Documents

    type instead:

    cd ~/Documents

    The ~/My Documents is a symbolic link to ~/Documents that is created automatically upon account creation, but Git has trouble with it.

    An easy way to determine if Git is working correctly in your current directory is to look for the branch name in the bash prompt, like so:

    ~/Documents/someFolder (master)

    If you don’t see the branch name, then Git is not seeing it.

    Maybe your current working directory was removed or has changed to a nonexisting path?

    Use pwd to check your current directory, if it doesnt exist set git to use another directory:

    git --git-dir=/mycode/.git --work-tree=/mycode status

    or create the directory yourself.

    I reported this as issue in the posh-git repo on github: https://github.com/dahlbyk/posh-git/issues/236

    And in another project where someone was having my same problem: https://github.com/git-for-windows/git/issues/473

    In my opinion, Windows 10 screwed up something (symlinks?) updating itself and in order to make it works (as you can read from the second link of the issue) to refer to my documents folder (where I keep all my github repos) I don’t write anymore cd documenti (the italian folder name) but cd documents and it just works.

    This is the issue with permission on actual or intermediate folders.


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