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Maria Yudina
Maria Yudina

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Git errors: cannot checkout branch - error: pathspec 'branch_name' did not match any file(s) known to git

Sometimes after repository checkout you can encounter the error trying to switch branches:

git checkout branch_name
error: pathspec 'branch_name' did not match any file(s) known to git
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To fix that you can remove remote origin and link it again.
First, check the remote origin:

git remote -v
origin  git@github.com:company/project_name (fetch)
origin  git@github.com:company/project_name (push)
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Then remove origin:

git remote remove origin
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And add remote origin again with correct path from your repository (copy from GitHub/GitLab/etc.):

git remote add origin git@github.com:company/project_name.git
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After that run:

git pull --ff-only
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And set upstream to origin branch:

git branch --set-upstream-to=origin/current_branch
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After this you should be able to switch between the branches as usual.

This error message indicates that Git was unable to checkout the specified branch because it does not exist. This can happen for a few different reasons, including the following:

  • The branch name is misspelled or mistyped.
  • The branch has already been deleted or is no longer available.
  • The branch exists in a remote repository, but it has not yet been pulled or fetched to the local repository.

To fix this error, you will need to verify that the branch name is correct and that the branch exists in the local repository. If the branch name is correct and the branch still does not exist, you may need to pull or fetch the branch from the remote repository where it exists.

If the branch has already been deleted or is no longer available, you will need to create a new branch with a different name or switch to a different existing branch.

Overall, this error can be resolved by checking the branch name and ensuring that the branch exists in the local repository. If necessary, you can also try pulling or fetching the branch from the remote repository where it exists.

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Kumar Saheb • Edited on

Great Post , Thanks a lot . I have been facing this issue from almost an year

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Maria Yudina Author

I'm glad it helped!

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Raihan Sikder

Thanks. Saved my day!

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leofgaliberti profile image

Hello,

Im having this same issue while trying to commit and push changed files using Azure Devops pipeline.

Unfortunately the commands described did not help. Any recommendation?
thanks in advance!

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Ibrahim Chaudhry

accidentally deleted my data on the git command how is it possible to recover my data

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bathusha07

git branch --set-upstream-to=origin/current_branch can u give the sample code for this comment for the understanding

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Maria Yudina Author

All commands are suppose to be executed in your project repository. If you were on main branch it would be git branch --set-upstream-to=origin/main

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binaspro

Thanks dude!

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