The previous commit c57f628 (mv: let 'git mv file no-such-dir/' error out)
relies on that rename("src", "dst/") fails if directory dst does not
exist (note the trailing slash). This does not work as expected on Windows:
This rename() call is successful. Insert an explicit check for this case.

This changes the error message from

   $ git mv file no-such-dir/
   fatal: renaming 'file' failed: Not a directory


   $ git mv file no-such-dir/
   fatal: destination directory does not exist, source=file, 

Signed-off-by: Johannes Sixt <>
 builtin/mv.c | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/builtin/mv.c b/builtin/mv.c
index 08fbc03..21c46d1 100644
--- a/builtin/mv.c
+++ b/builtin/mv.c
@@ -214,6 +214,8 @@ int cmd_mv(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
                } else if (string_list_has_string(&src_for_dst, dst))
                        bad = _("multiple sources for the same target");
+               else if (is_dir_sep(dst[strlen(dst) - 1]))
+                       bad = _("destination directory does not exist");
                        string_list_insert(&src_for_dst, dst);

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