git cat-file -p Fatal error : Not a valid object name

If you are trying to view the contents of git objects by accessing the name directly in its folder using: git cat-file -p
you’ll likely get the error “Fatal : not a valid object name”
which is annoying as you can see the file name appears exactly as shown
Screenshot from 2019-11-27 17-19-28

The reason for the error is that Git object names are paths to the file and not
the typical folder + file names you are used to.
In order to fix the issue you need to reference the full file name starting at the root object folder for Git to be able to find it.
In this example I would need to include the “1c” in the file name

Screenshot from 2019-11-27 17-33-53.png

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: