Not having an open FD in the 0--2 range can lead to strange results,
for example, a subsequent open() may return 2 (stderr) and then a
die() would clobber this file.

git-daemon and git-shell already guarded against this, but apparently
users also manage to trip over it in other git commands.  So we call
sanitize_stdfds() during main git startup.

Since these FDs are inherited, this covers all use of 'git foo ...',
and all internal C commands when called directly.  It does not fix
shell/perl commands called directly.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Rast <>
 git.c | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/git.c b/git.c
index 4359086..6104d5e 100644
--- a/git.c
+++ b/git.c
@@ -525,6 +525,13 @@ int main(int argc, char **av)
        if (!cmd)
                cmd = "git-help";
+       /*
+        * Always open file descriptors 0/1/2 to avoid clobbering files
+        * in die().  It also avoids messing up when the pipes are dup'ed
+        * onto stdin/stdout/stderr in the child processes we spawn.
+        */
+       sanitize_stdfds();

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