The verify_packfile() does not explicitly open the packfile;
instead, it starts with a sha1 checksum over the whole pack,
and relies on use_pack() to open the packfile as a side

If the pack cannot be opened for whatever reason (either
because its header information is corrupted, or perhaps
because a simultaneous repack deleted it), then use_pack()
will die(), as it has no way to return an error. This is not
ideal, as verify_packfile() otherwise tries to gently return
an error (this lets programs like git-fsck go on to check
other packs).

Instead, let's check is_pack_valid() up front, and return an
error if it fails. This will open the pack as a side effect,
and then use_pack() will later rely on our cached
descriptor, and avoid calling die().

Signed-off-by: Jeff King <>
 pack-check.c | 7 ++-----
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/pack-check.c b/pack-check.c
index d123846..c5c7763 100644
--- a/pack-check.c
+++ b/pack-check.c
@@ -57,11 +57,8 @@ static int verify_packfile(struct packed_git *p,
        int err = 0;
        struct idx_entry *entries;
-       /* Note that the pack header checks are actually performed by
-        * use_pack when it first opens the pack file.  If anything
-        * goes wrong during those checks then the call will die out
-        * immediately.
-        */
+       if (!is_pack_valid(p))
+               return error("packfile %s cannot be accessed", p->pack_name);
        do {

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