Avoiding New Line Errors using Git on Windows

Posted on 05/12/2009 at 12:27 pm by Kevin Wentworth
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I'm finally working on moving my code over to a version control system.  I've tried several times over the past few years to start using Subversion, but I never quite got into it.  After hearing so much about Git, I decided I needed to start using it.  Luckily, most people tell you to forget everything about Subversion when using Git- no problem there!

I ran into a huge issue.  I created a new repository and wanted to add quite a large project (1,200+ files).  At the end of adding all the files a dialog window would tell me: Warning: LF will be replaced by CRLF ..." for almost every file.  So many files in fact, that I couldn't hit the OK button (it was off the screen) so I was stopped cold.  After some research, I finally figured out what I had to do- disable the core.autocrlf config setting.  It wasn't working until I did BOTH the --global and --system context.

I'm using Windows XP, hopefully this works for you:

  1. git config --system core.autocrlf false


  1. git config --global core.autocrlf false

To view your configuration settings, use:

  1. git config -l


-Kevin Wentworth

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