Unable to push new commit from shallow clone

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When trying to push new commits in a shallow clone to Bitbucket Server, the following error is returned:

fatal: protocol error: expected old/new/ref, got 'shallow <commit hash>'


When pushing commits from the command line from a local repository created from shallow clones, the push fails with the abovementioned protocol error. This functionality was added in Git version 1.9.


Ensure you are running Git 1.9+ on both server and client side.

Last modified on Sep 15, 2016

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