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Re: Problems cloning

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Problems cloning
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:36:42 -0500
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On 04/28/2017 04:18 AM, Andrew Burgess wrote:
> Hi,
> When I follow the instructions from here:
> to clone the coreutils git repository I run into an error, here's my
> terminal output:
>   $ git --version
>   git version 2.12.2
>   $ git clone git://
>   Cloning into 'coreutils'...
>   remote: Counting objects: 169874, done.
>   remote: Compressing objects: 100% (40066/40066), done.
>   remote: Total 169874 (delta 129539), reused 169765 (delta 129464)
>   Receiving objects: 100% (169874/169874), 31.57 MiB | 4.35 MiB/s, done.
>   error: object a6727941433ee1c91a20ede6cb381af1d18c566d: 
> missingSpaceBeforeDate: invalid author/committer line - missing space before 
> date

a6727941 appears to be an old tag, COERUTILS-4_5_1, created ages ago
when we first converted coreutils from CVS to git.  git was much looser
back then.  If it really is just a broken tag, and newer git is
complaining about its brokenness, it should be possible to regenerate
the tag.  We've done similar things for other projects in the past:

and in fact I thought I had already sorted it out for coreutils:

although this particular error message from git is new, so it may
represent something different than the case mentioned in that link.

Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc.           +1-919-301-3266
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