Johannes Sixt <> writes:

> Am 1/14/2013 12:40, schrieb George Karpenkov:
>> I've managed to corrupt my very valuable repository with a recursive
>> sed which went wrong.
>> I wanted to convert all tabs to spaces with the following command:
>> find ./ -name '*.*' -exec sed -i 's/\t/    /g' {} \;
>> I think that has changed not only the files in the repo, but the data
>> files in .git directory itself. As a result, my index became
>> corrupted, and almost every single command dies:
>>> git log
>> error: non-monotonic index
>> ..git/objects/pack/pack-314b1944adebea645526b6724b2044c1313241f5.idx
>> error: non-monotonic index
>> ..git/objects/pack/pack-75c95b0defe1968b61e4f4e1ab7040d35110bfdc.idx
>> ....
> ...
> Try the reverse edit:
>  find .git -name '*.*' -exec sed -i 's/    /\t/g' {} \;
> Remove .git/index; it can be reconstructed (of course, assuming you
> started all this with a clean index; if not, you lose the staged changes).

Everybody seems to be getting an impression that .idx is the only
thing that got corrupt.  Where does that come from?

I do not see anything that prevents the original command line from
touching *.pack files.  Loose objects may have been left unmolested
as their names do not match '*.*', though.

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