My helper really executes git show-ref before writting the export stream...
Thank you for pointing that out and sorry for disturbing.

On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM, Andrey Pavlenko
<> wrote:
> git --version
> git version
> On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM, Jeff King <> wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 08, 2012 at 11:25:02AM +0400, Andrey Pavlenko wrote:
>>> I'm developing a remote helper which uses the fast-import stream for
>>> fetching. When I perform cloning git prints error message - "fatal:
>>> 'refs/heads/master' - not a valid ref", however the clonning completes
>>> normally. Each my fast-import commit command starts with "commit
>>> refs/heads/master" header.
>>> What does this error message mean and how can I fix it?
>> What version of git are you using? The only command which produces that
>> exact message is "git show-ref", and it is not called by current
>> versions of the cloning process (but it used to be in old versions).
>> -Peff
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