Git commands return error code 501

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When pulling from, pushing or cloning to Stash, it responds with the error code 501.

$ git clone url directory
Cloning into 'directory'...
error: The requested URL returned error: 501 while accessing url
fatal: HTTP request failed

Or it may respond with a error code 22:

$ git push url
error: Cannot access URL http://test@bushbeer:7990/git/TEST/test2.git/, return code 22
error: failed to push some refs to 'http://test@bushbeer:7990/git/TEST/test2.git'


Git has 2 protocols when connecting over HTTP. Stash supports "smart HTTP", but will return a 501 for normal HTTP. This can mean one of two things:

  1. You are using an older version of Git which doesn't support "smart HTTP".
  2. There was a transient issue on the server, and your Git client tried normal HTTP as a fallback.
For more background on the Git "smart HTTP" protocol, see the Pro-Git online book.


In the first case, you'll need to upgrade your client-side version of Git. You need Git 1.6.6 or later on the client side.

In the second case, you can just try the command again. A possible cause of these transient issues may be that your server is hitting resource limits. See Scaling Stash for details.















Last modified on Mar 15, 2013


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