I have a Bonobo git server installed on a Windows Server 2016. It is deployed in IIS and accesible on url myserver/git. Next I want to enaeble automatic deployment. In the Git Server bare repository folder I find the hooks folder and add a post-receive script:

cd E:/public/root/myFirstRepo
git pull

This works fine when I run it as my personal user. But when its used by IIS after a commit it gives:

git: 'pull' is not a git command. See 'git --help'.

Am I using the correct git?

git --exec-path

Personal user: C:\Program Files\Git\mingw64/libexec/git-core

IIS user: /libexec/git-core

So lets change the script to use an absolute git path:

cd E:/public/root/myFirstRepo
"C:/Program Files/Git/mingw64/libexec/git-core/git" pull

fatal: Not a git repository: '.'

This might be because im already in a git repo, namely the bare server repo and it might confuse git? So lets try to ignore any present enviroment.

cd E:/public/root/myFirstRepo
env -i "C:/Program Files/Git/mingw64/libexec/git-core/git" pull

However this seems to break git bash for windows:

error: cannot spawn sh: No such file or directory

Ok, so lets try and use the git -C flag: explicity saying what folder to operate on.

"C:/Program Files/Git/mingw64/libexec/git-core/git" -C "E:/public/root/myFirstRepo" pull


fatal: Not a git repository: '.'

At this point im out of ideas. My question is basically: How to properly set up a git server post-recieve script in windows enviroment?

  • You already have a cloned repo at E:/public/root/myFirstRepo, don't you? – niglesias Jul 3 '17 at 19:38
  • Yes and git pull works in that repo when running as my personal user – Anders Jul 4 '17 at 11:48
  • And where is your Git Server bare repository folder? – niglesias Jul 5 '17 at 18:12
  • E:/public/custom/bonobo.git.server/Repositories/... – Anders Jul 6 '17 at 7:43

I was attempting to do the same thing on a Windows 2012 instance. After working on it for a while I was able to get the post-receive hook to update a local repository. Assuming you have Bonobo Git server and Git installed, here are the steps. I used the paths from the initial post.

  1. Create the local repo with git clone http(s)://username:password#myserver/Bonobo.Git.Server/.git

you need to include a username and password so it's stored locally. This will be necessary for the hook operations. It's a bit of a security issue, but I assume this server won't routinely be accessed outside the admin.

  1. Add the IIS_IUSRS account to the newly created git repository. Right click the directory and add the user account. Give it write permission. I actually gave full control.

  2. Create the post-receive file (no extension) in the hooks directory for the repository. Use the correct path to Git executable, not the Bonobo Git.


cd E:\public\root\myFirstRepo\

"c:\Program Files/Git/mingw64/libexec/git-core/git" --git-dir=E:\public\root\myFirstRepo\.git stash

"c:\Program Files/Git/mingw64/libexec/git-core/git" --git-dir=E:\public\root\myFirstRepo\.git pull

There will be a few warning initially, but once you push files to the remote server, the hook script should update them accordingly.

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