Is there a way to configure git repository to reject 'git push –force'?

I was wondering is there a way to prevent ‘git push --force‘ on a repository (only on master branch)?

Assume I have remote git repository and do:

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    Is it even possible?

    Thanks for any answers and suggestions.


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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Is there a way to configure git repository to reject 'git push –force'?”

    Setting the configuration variables:


    will prevent any ‘forced’ pushes from working across all branches.

    If you want finer pre-branch control then you will have to use a ‘hook’ on the remote repository, probably the ‘update’ hook.

    There is a sample update hook called ‘update-paranoid’ that probably does what you need (and more) in the git distribution in the ‘contrib’ folder.

    gitweb link

    I wrote this quick update hook to prevent non-fast-forward updates (pushes) on the “dev” branch in a repository:

    if [ "refs/heads/dev" != $REFNAME ]; then
      exit 0
    MERGEBASE=$(git merge-base $OLDSHA $NEWSHA)
    if [ $OLDSHA = $MERGEBASE ]; then
      exit 0
    echo "Not a fast-forward on branch dev"
    exit 1
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