On Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:35:18 -0800 (PST)
Ralf Kaiser <kai...@cpa.de> wrote:

> we are using GIT (V1.8.1) in our build process inside a MSBuild
> script on Windows.
> 
> When clone our main repositories to the build machine we sometimes
> get the message "Unable to rename <repository>/.git/.HEAD.lock to 
> <repository>/.git/.HEAD - Retry (y/n)".
> 
> At that time the build process hangs because there is nobody that can 
> answer that question :-(
> 
> The cloning of the repositories works in 9 of 10 cases without that
> message.
> 
> Any hints what causes that message? (it is an absolute no-go inside a 
> script - an error code would be OK but asking the user is absolutely
> not OK!)

Are you sure there's no antivirus software working in the background?

I also managed to google [1] this bug report [2] -- do you have
TortoiseGit installed on your build box?

In either case, as it was already suggested by Thomas, this question is
Windows-specific so if you won't be able to find a solution try posting
to the msysgit mailing list [3].

1. http://www.google.com/search?q=Unable+rename+".HEAD.lock";
2. http://code.google.com/p/tortoisegit/issues/detail?id=1552
3. http://groups.google.com/group/msysgit/

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