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Simple Git client using JGit has trouble with fetch/pull [message #1067086] Fri, 05 July 2013 18:29
Tim Braun is currently offline Tim BraunFriend
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Registered: July 2013
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I use JGit to implement a very simple Git client that is only able to do two things:
- Add a file to a branch in a repository
- Retrieve a file of a branch in a repository.

The client doesn't have to worry about conflicts because it is assumed that files are never modified, only added or deleted.

The code I have for this is below.
My problem is, that the fetch in getFile() does not fetch any updates from the repository. If I replace fetch with pull I get a
org.eclipse.jgit.api.errors.InvalidConfigurationException: No value for key branch.development.merge found in configuration

I am not sure how the configuration is supposed to look like, but after execution of main() it looks as given below, and I would assume that an entry is missing for branch "development"?

Can anybody help?

public class GitClient implements IGitClient{
	private String remoteRepositoryUI;
	private String localRepositoryPath;
	private Git localGit;
	private UsernamePasswordCredentialsProvider credentialsProvider;
	public GitClient(String remoteRepositoryURI, String localRepositoryPath, 
			String user, String password) {
		this.credentialsProvider = new UsernamePasswordCredentialsProvider(user, password);
		this.remoteRepositoryUI = remoteRepositoryURI;
		this.localRepositoryPath = localRepositoryPath; 
	public void addFile(String sourceFilePath, String repositoryFilePath, Branch branch, String message) throws Exception {
		FileUtils.copyFile(new File(sourceFilePath), 
				new File(this.localRepositoryPath + File.separator + repositoryFilePath));

	public File getFile(String repositoryFilePath, Branch branch) throws Exception {
		localGit.fetch().call(); //<-- Problematic part
		return new File(this.localRepositoryPath + File.separator + repositoryFilePath);

	private void switchBranch(Branch branch) throws InvalidRemoteException, TransportException, IOException, GitAPIException {
		    .setStartPoint("origin/" + branch.toString()).setForce(true)

	private boolean isInitialized() {
		return this.localGit != null;

	private void initialize(Branch branch) throws IOException, 
				InvalidRemoteException, TransportException, GitAPIException {
		File localRepositoryDirectory = new File(this.localRepositoryPath);
		boolean localRepositoryExists = localRepositoryDirectory.exists() && localRepositoryDirectory.isDirectory() && localRepositoryDirectory.listFiles().length != 0;
		if(!localRepositoryExists) {
			.setBranch("refs/heads/" + branch.toString())
			.setDirectory(new File(this.localRepositoryPath))
		this.localGit = File(this.localRepositoryPath));            
		if(!localRepositoryExists) {
			for(Branch aBranch : Branch.values()) {
				if(!branch.equals(aBranch)) {
				    .setStartPoint("origin/" + aBranch.toString())
	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
		GitClient clientA = new GitClient("URLToRepository.git",
				"local", "username", "password");
		GitClient clientB = new GitClient("URLToRepository.git",
				"localB", "username", "password");
		clientA.addFile("fileA1", "fileA1", Branch.master, "clientA1");
		clientB.addFile("fileB1", "fileB1", Branch.master, "clientB1");
		clientB.addFile("fileB2", "fileB2", Branch.development, "clientB2");
		clientA.addFile("fileA2", "fileA2", Branch.development, "clientA2");
		clientA.addFile("fileA3", "fileA3", Branch.master, "clientA3");
		File file = clientA.getFile("fileA1", Branch.master);
		System.out.println(file.getAbsolutePath() + " " + file.exists());
		file = clientA.getFile("fileA2", Branch.development);
		System.out.println(file.getAbsolutePath() + " " + file.exists());
		file = clientA.getFile("fileA3", Branch.master);
		System.out.println(file.getAbsolutePath() + " " + file.exists());
		file = clientA.getFile("fileB1", Branch.master);
		System.out.println(file.getAbsolutePath() + " " + file.exists());
		file = clientA.getFile("fileB2", Branch.development);
		System.out.println(file.getAbsolutePath() + " " + file.exists());

	repositoryformatversion = 0
	filemode = false
	logallrefupdates = true
[remote "origin"]
	url = URLToRepository.git
	fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*
[branch "master"]
	remote = origin
	merge = refs/heads/master
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