I posted up the following to the git community mailing list the other day
When using git fetch --prune, git will remove any branches from remotes/origin/ that have inconsistent case in folder names. This issue has been verified in versions 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11. I've described the reproduction steps here as I carried them out, and listed the plaforms I used to replicate it. The issue will most likely occur on a different combination of platforms also. - On Mac, create a new repository and push a master branch to a central server - On Mac, create a branch called feature/lower_case_branch and push this to the central server (note that 'feature' is all lower case) - On Windows, clone the repository but stay on master, do not checkout the feature/lower_case_branch branch - On Windows, branch from master a branch called Feature/upper_case_branch (note the uppercase F) and push to the server - On Mac, run git fetch and see that remote/origin/Feature/upper_case_branch is updated Couple of things to note here 1) In the git fetch output it lists the branch with an upper case 'F' * [new branch] Feature/upper_case_branch -> origin/Feature/upper_case_branch 2) When I run git branch --all it is actually listed with a lower case 'f' remotes/origin/feature/upper_case_branch Now the problem happens when I run git fetch --prune, I get the following output * [new branch] Feature/upper_case_branch -> origin/Feature/upper_case_branch x [deleted] (none) -> origin/feature/upper_case_branch Note the new branch uses 'F' and the deleted branch uses 'f'. The results of this bug seem to be * Everytime I call git fetch it thinks Feature/upper_case_branch is a new branch (if I call 'git branch' multiple times I always get the [new branch] output) * Whenever I run with --prune, git will *always* remove the branch with a different folder name (from a case sensitive perspective) than the one originally created on the current machine.
I’ve yet to receive a response as to whether this is an actual bug (certainly looks like it) or expected behaviour, but it caused quite a bit of running around trying to find a solution to it (I originally thought it was a SourceTree bug). Since our branches are extremely transient, we use –prune a lot so not being able to use it would have caused quite a few issues.
Luckily it can be worked around by calling ‘git fetch –prune’ followed directly with ‘git fetch’ and depending on what tool you’re using, adding this as a custom step is usually pretty easy.
Here’s the link to the list thread if you want to follow it.