On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 03:16:50PM +0200, Petr Stodulka wrote:

> I have realized that this wasn't fixed after all when refs.c
> was "rewritten". Issue is caused by broken symlink under refs/heads,
> which causes infinite loop for "git ls-tree" command. It was replied
> earlier [0] and Michael previously fixed that in better way probably,
> then my proposed patch 2/2, but it contains more changes and I have not
> enough time to study changes in refs* code, so I propose now just my
> little patch, which was previously modified by Michael.
> If you prefer different solution, I am ok with this. It is really
> just quick proposal. Patch 1/2 contains test for this issue. If you
> will prefer different solution with different exit code, test should
> be corrected. Basic idea is, that timeout should'n expire with
> exit code 124.
> [0] http://marc.info/?l=git&m=142712669103790&w=2
> [1] https://github.com/mhagger/git, branch "ref-broken-symlinks"

I think I fixed this semi-independently last week; see the thread at:


I say semi-independently because I didn't actually know about your
previous report, but saw it in the wild myself. But I did talk with
Michael off-list, and he suggested the belt-and-suspenders retry counter
in my second patch.

The fix is at e8c42cb in Junio's tree, and it's currently merged to


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