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In my Ubuntu terminal, I create an empty Git repository in an empty folder, say called "Docs", on a removable hard disk. But the system response me an error message to my command

$ git --bared init --shared
fatal: Could not make /media/HARDDISK/Docs/refs/heads writable by group

I tried different options for "share", e.g., group and all. But it does not work. The initialization works if I remove the --share argument.

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how about sudo git --bared init --share ? – Raptor Apr 24 '13 at 7:34
    
It does not work also... – Zhi Lu Apr 24 '13 at 7:36
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isn't --bare and --shared? – gipi Apr 24 '13 at 7:41
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If it's on a removable hard disk, it might be a FAT partition which doesn't support group permissions. – jszakmeister Apr 24 '13 at 8:45
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@jszakmeister It's FAT partition. Can I please ask is there any solution to this problem? Git on FAT partition works in Windows and Mac OS X...Thanks! – Zhi Lu Apr 24 '13 at 13:29

You probably must be the superuser otherwise you can't change the group permissions.

On ubuntu try

$ sudo git --bare init --shared /path/to/repo
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