Trying to fix line-endings with git filter-branch, but having no luck


I have been bitten by the Windows/Linux line-ending issue with git. It seems, via GitHub, MSysGit, and other sources, that the best solution is to have your local repos set to use linux-style line endings, but set core.autocrlf to true. Unfortunately, I didn't do this early enough, so now every time I pull changes the line endings are borked.

I thought I had found an answer here but I can't get it to work for me. My Linux command line knowledge is limited at best, so i am not even sure what the "xargs fromdos" line does in his script. I keep getting messages about no such file or directory existing, and when I manage to point it to an existing directory, it tells me I don't have permissions.

I've tried this with MSysGit on Windows and via the Mac OS X terminal.


The easiest way to fix this is to make one commit that fixes all the line endings. Assuming that you don't have any modified files, then you can do this as follows.

# From the root of your repository remove everything from the index
git rm --cached -r .

Change the autocrlf setting of the repository (you may want

to use true on windows):

git config core.autocrlf input

Re-add all the deleted files to the index

(You should get lots of messages like:

warning: CRLF will be replaced by LF in <file>.)

git diff –cached –name-only -z | xargs -0 git add


git commit -m “Fixed crlf issue”

If you’re doing this on a Unix/Mac OSX clone then optionally remove

the working tree and re-check everything out with the correct line endings.

git ls-files -z | xargs -0 rm git checkout .

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