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All of a sudden git pull stopped working on cygwin. It gives me this recursive error message.

git: 'pull' is not a git command. See 'git --help'.

Did you mean this?

I can do a git status and other git commands but for some reason pull doesn't want to work. It had previously been working for a long time before this. I've been seeing this issue after a restart. I tried clobbering and doing a full reinstall of cygwin but I'm still having the same problem. My paths seem to be fine.

$ type -a git
git is /usr/bin/git
git is /bin/git

More info: The executables for the git commands appear to be under /usr/lib/git-core and git-pull is a shell script with no extension and the !/bin/sh header.

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You may have a missing directory in your cygwin path.

Add these lines to your ~/.bashrc:

export GIT_EXEC_PATH=/opt/local/libexec/git-core
export PATH
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This problem occurred for me because Windows Update had installed updates and a reboot was pending. I think git pull was trying to utilize some library or other file that Windows had replaced with the update.

I tried running git.exe manually from the /usr/libexec/git-core folder and got an 0xC0000056 error code from Windows, which means STATUS_DELETE_PENDING. Googling this got my answer that a reboot was needed.

After a reboot, git pull worked correctly.

tl;dr if you hit an error like OP's try running git.exe manually and searching for a resolution for the error that gives you.

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Do you have Perl installed, and do you have an anti-virus running?

Try installing Perl and disabling your anti-virus temporarily.

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Thanks, not the issue. – Pierre-Antoine LaFayette Oct 21 '10 at 2:33

Maybe one of the answers to these StackOverflow questions can help :

“git pull” broken
Git pull cygwin not a git-command

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Thanks, but I've seen those. They don't seem to be relevant for my case. The only thing I can think of is that my cygwin is originally based of the webkit cygwin bundle. Maybe something is invalid with that config. I'll try clean installing from the internet next. – Pierre-Antoine LaFayette Oct 21 '10 at 2:33
Yes, one of the listed solutions was a clean reinstall. – harrymc Oct 21 '10 at 5:48

the easiest way to fix this issue is to re/install git via cygwin setup.exe

i had the same issue and had not installed git via the cygwin setup so the paths and env variables were not hooked up.

installing it via setup resolved the problem.

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