Title : Git push to non-bare repository
Author: Solène
Date  : 17 May 2016
Tags  : git solved

Hello

You have a git repository where you work in, and you would like to
work on a clone of it and push the data back to it ? You may encounter
issues if your git repository isn't a bare one. I have been facing
this problem by using gitit, which works with a non-bare git
repository.

 
### What is a bare git repository ? ###
 
Here is how to create a bare repository and what it looks like.

    $ git init --bare repo 
    $ ls -a repo/
    .            HEAD         config       hooks        objects
    ..           branches     description  info         refs


You can't work in this, but this is the kind of repository that should
be used to store/push/clone etc..

 
### What is a non-bare git repository ? ###
 
Here is how to create a non-bare repository and what it looks like.

 
    $ git init repo2
    $ ls -a repo2
    .    ..   .git

You may use this one for local use, but you may want to clone it
later, and work with this repository and doing push/pull. That's how
gitit works, it has a folder "wikidata" that should be initiated as
git, and it will works locally. But if you want to clone it on your
computer, work on the documentation and then push your changes to
gitit, you may get this error when pushing :


### Problem when pushing ###
 
I cloned the repository, made changes, committed and now I want to
push, but no...

    Décompte des objets: 3, fait.
    Écriture des objets: 100% (3/3), 232 bytes | 0 bytes/s, fait.
    Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
    remote: error: refusing to update checked out branch: refs/heads/master
    remote: error: By default, updating the current branch in a non-bare repository
    remote: error: is denied, because it will make the index and work tree inconsistent
    remote: error: with what you pushed, and will require 'git reset --hard' to match
    remote: error: the work tree to HEAD.
    remote: error: 
    remote: error: You can set 'receive.denyCurrentBranch' configuration variable to
    remote: error: 'ignore' or 'warn' in the remote repository to allow pushing into
    remote: error: its current branch; however, this is not recommended unless you
    remote: error: arranged to update its work tree to match what you pushed in some
    remote: error: other way.
    remote: error: 
    remote: error: To squelch this message and still keep the default behaviour, set
    remote: error: 'receive.denyCurrentBranch' configuration variable to 'refuse'.
     ! [remote rejected] master -> master (branch is currently checked out)


git is unhappy, I can't push

 
### Solution ###
 
You can fix this "problem" by changing a config in the server
repository with this command :

    $ git config --local receive.denyCurrentBranch updateInstead


Now you should be able to push to your non-bare repository.

Source: [Stack Overflowk link where I found the solution](http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1764380/push-to-a-non-bare-git-repository)